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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE
Evidence-Based Telemental Health Therapies on the Rise Government Health IT Online telehealth platforms for treating mental health have been proven effective for many years, which is good news for mental health providers and accountable care organizations who are unfamiliar with such services. These telemental health platforms are tremendously cost-effective tools for enhancing traditional in-person interventions and improving patient engagement.
Electronic Pillbox Boosts Remote Care for Diabetics FierceHealthIT A telehealth program for patients with poorly controlled diabetes showed encouraging results, though it involved a small sample made up primarily of African-American women, according to research published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.
Vuzix' M100 Smart Glasses Key Part of Octovis Portable Telemedicine Platform Market Watch
Mednax Completes Acquisition of Telemedicine Business Sun Sentinel Mednax had announced its agreement last week to acquire Virtual Radiologic, a radiology physician services and telemedicine company.
UnitedHealth Expands Telehealth Service Options for Patients mHealth Intelligence Access to telehealth is becoming easier for millions of patients insured by UnitedHealth Group as the payer expands its remote care offerings over the coming months, the payer announced in a press release.
Teladoc To Launch IPO Despite Texas Setbacks Health IT Outcomes Telemedicine provider Teladoc announcedit has submitted a draft registration statement with the SEC to launch an initial public offering of its common stock. The submission of the Form S-1 was done confidentially, and no determination has yet been made regarding number of shares to be sold or the price range of the shares.
U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS
21st Century Cures Act Has Supporters, Detractors as Markup Begins Health Data Management A May 15 memo from the committee’s majority staff argues that the “ability to share research and clinical data is a cornerstone of our drive for new cures” and notes that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has led the charge in the area of HIT interoperability “but recently has identified barriers to nationwide interoperability of health technology.”
Interstate Telehealth Licensing Compact Set to Become Reality
SSA Expanding Health IT Federal Telemedicine News
TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD
Telemedicine Project to Help Treat Wounded Navy Personnel on Ships The Economic Times New Delhi: The government has recently sanctioned a Rs 61.59-crore telemedicine project for the Navy. "It would bring a revolutionary change in attending to severely injured patients in remote locations where a specialist is not available," a senior Navy official said.
SCB Uses Telemedicine Mode to Educate Docs on Heartburn The New Indian Express CUTTACK: In a bid to combat heartburn, a common but much-neglected health problem, the SCB Medical College and Hospital has launched a novel programme to educate doctors working at the grassroots and raise awareness in the community by using Telemedicine.
Doctors Want Telemedicine to be Part of Medical Curriculum Bangalore Mirror The ministry of health and family welfare has proposed to set aside a sum of close to Rs 15 lakh (per unit) under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), to set up telemedicine centres across rural areas. It had also promised to initiate national standards and guidelines for telemedicine applications. But there still exists a lack of modernisation in medical textbooks.
U.S. TELEMEDICINE LEGISLATION
(Hawaii) SB2469. Telehealth; Insurance; Health Care Providers; Reimbursement: Introduced January 21, 2014, Requires reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine to be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient.
(Maryland) SB198. Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine: This bill would amend the state’s law regarding Medicaid coverage of telemedicine. It would remove restrictions, such as requiring the use of telemedicine only in the case of providing for the treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke; in emergency department settings and when an appropriate specialist is not available. If passed, this bill would take effect October 1, 2014.
(Washington) HB1448. Regarding Telemedicine. Re-introduced January 13, 2014, this bill will be amending RCW 70.41.020 and 2 70.41.230; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; adding a new 3 section to chapter 48.43 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an 4 effective date.
S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act: Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] in January 2014, the goal of this bill is to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes.
H.R. 6719 TeleHealth Promotion Act: Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-Calif.) in late 2012, the goal of this bill was to prevent readmission and help with interstate licensing. It was introduced Dec. 30, 2012, but not enacted.
H.R. 3077: TELE-MED Act of 2013 (Introduced Sept. 10, 2013): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain Medicare providers licensed in a State to provide telemedicine services to certain Medicare beneficiaries in a different State.
H.R. 3306 Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013: Introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It was introduced on Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting and expanding the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.