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Guest Commentary: Telemedicine a necessary investment for rural hospitals
By Bryan Coffey | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Small hospitals across America are wondering whether they can afford a telemedicine robot. From our perspective, how can you afford not to make that investment?
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Professor aims to resume research on pot and PTSD
By Associated Press | July 19, 2014
Veterans, medical marijuana activists and scientists welcomed the first federally approved research into pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Reform Update: Insurers, providers may need to work harder to educate ACA's newly covered
By Rachel Landen | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Millions of Americans gained health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this year, but the influx apparently has not yet translated into patients packing doctors' offices. That may reflect a lack of understanding about how and where to seek care—and a lack...
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Convenience, fixed prices boost demand for doctor visits via Web, text
By Los Angeles Times | July 14, 2014
Online medical exams and retail clinics offer a convenient, low-cost alternative to long waits at primary-care offices. Consumers seeking convenience and predictable prices are being driven to search for medical services available at extended hours and for a fixed fee. But critics of the services...
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Univ. of New Mexico Health Sciences in line to receive $15.1 million telemedicine grant
By Albuquerque Business First | July 10, 2014
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is in line to receive a $15.1 million, three-year grant from HHS to test the expansion of its existing telemedicine network for stroke and brain injury patients.
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Prison healthcare costs leveling off, but problems loom
By Bob Herman | July 09, 2014
The amount states spent on prisoner healthcare services declined from 2009 to 2011, but an aging inmate population that already has generally poor physical and mental health could reverse that trend.
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Proposed CMS rule expands telehealth payments, domain
By Joseph Conn | July 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Wellness and behavioral health visits are among a few telehealth coverage expansions the CMS wants to add to the list of Medicare-reimbursable telehealth activities under a proposal released Thursday.
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Telemedicine gains ground in treatment of injured workers
By Stephanie Goldberg / Crain's Business Insurance | July 07, 2014
Telemedicine is gaining ground in treating injured workers, especially in rural areas, to speed their evaluation and possibly reduce the costs paid by employers.
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Cincinnati Children's to help kids in Caribbean using telemedicine
By Cincinnati Business Courier | July 01, 2014
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center intends to establish a telemedicine program using video technology to help diagnose and treat patients at a hospital in the Dominican Republic.
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Verizon introduces Virtual Visits, new telehealth offering
By Darius Tahir | June 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Verizon is taking another step into healthcare with the introduction Wednesday of its Virtual Visits program. The goal is to facilitate connections via phone, tablet or laptop between healthcare providers who contract with Verizon and their patients for what Verizon terms routine, urgent care.
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