The monitoring doesn't have to become a burden for primary-care providers because it can be reviewed by secondary, qualified triage-level staff, observing from afar.
Telemedicine company HealthTap will provide translation services in 21 languages during virtual group consultations with doctors, patients and their families.
The CMS has identified 10 rural hospitals in Montana, Nevada and North Dakota for a demonstration aimed at serving Medicare beneficiaries in remote locations.
The CMS has announced rural hospitals that will participate in a new demonstration known as the Frontier Community Health Integration Project. Hospitals involved in the demonstration will receive additional Medicare reimbursement for new services that make getting healthcare more convenient.
New York-Presbyterian has created a platform to provide a variety of telehealth services, including urgent care to patients across its network and across the country. Patients will also be able to pay an $800 one-time fee to receive a second opinion from a New York-Presbyterian physician.
While many physicians still prefer traditional in-office visits, telemedicine cannot be ignored as more patients seek convenient and cost-effective alternatives. In fact, the American Well 2015 Telehealth Survey found that 64% of American consumers surveyed would see a doctor via video.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has introduced a bill to help cut the operating costs of health IT in rural areas. The legislation would create a group tasked with offering financial and technical assistance to rural hospitals and physicians and advice on how to increase internet access in rural areas.
As the telemedicine industry continues to rapidly grow, Teladoc and Avizia secured new financing to support their innovation in their contributions to the marketplace.
We asked readers to select up to three out of 25 topics covered in the Best Practices feature since it was launched in 2013. The top 10 vote-getters include using scribes to aid physicians, payers publishing the cost of services and ways to smooth the discharge process.
Hospitals are concluding they have to work very closely with healthcare providers, community organizations, families and patients themselves if they're going to keep people out of hospital beds—the new mandate under Medicare and fast-growing models of value-based payment.
Nebraska lawmakers are once again looking for ways to expand so-called telehealth services throughout the state to address a shortage of specialized health care providers and an aging rural population.
Drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has taken another step in its effort to be viewed as a healthcare provider alternative. Walgreens is collaborating with the behavioral health advocacy group Mental Health America to provide mental health screening to as many as 3 million people through 2017.