ATA: What’s ahead for telehealth policy after the pandemic

ATA: What's ahead for telehealth policy after the pandemic

The American Telehealth Association is working with Congress and several federal agencies to shape the fate of policies and payments for telehealth services that experienced a rapid uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic. WHY IT MATTERS Now that President Joe Biden has declared the COVID-19 pandemic over, the ATA’s Telehealth Awareness Week policy update webinar explored … Read more

An academic’s perspective on DTC telehealth services: Buyer beware

An academic's perspective on DTC telehealth services: Buyer beware

Telehealth has revolutionized the way people access healthcare since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Widely expanding telehealth has had many benefits. But with the sudden and massive explosion of any business comes the possibility of some players chasing money and taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers. What should people look for when choosing a telehealth … Read more

Inside a new virtual-first, Epic-based, nationwide telehealth services company

Inside a new virtual-first, Epic-based, nationwide telehealth services company

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, well-being frameworks presently give most of the telehealth the nation over. Be that as it may, while well-being framework doctors are returning to their office-based daily schedule, patient interest as a rule has begun to supply exceed the wellbeing framework. Some wellbeing frameworks have contracted with outsider telemedicine merchants … Read more

Osmind EHR integrates Zoom for psychiatry telehealth

Osmind EHR integrates Zoom for psychiatry telehealth

San Francisco-based Osmind announced today that its electronic health record system for mental health clinicians has integrated Zoom virtual visits within its technology platform as part of the company’s regulatory-compliant ISV Partner Program.  WHY IT MATTERS Within the Osmind EHR, clinicians can access a suite of digital tools to meet high-patient demand, like progress monitoring … Read more

How telehealth can keep people with disabilities out of the ER

How telehealth can keep people with disabilities out of the ER

Emergency departments should be a last-stop medical option, but for people with disabilities, who visit EDs at a disproportionate rate compared with those without disabilities, this last stop becomes more commonplace. Virtual care has inherent advantages that help prevent excess visits to the ED for all populations, including people with disabilities. Catching medical problems earlier … Read more

Maryland health system conquers the digital divide with telehealth and RPM

Maryland health system conquers the digital divide with telehealth and RPM

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an abrupt change to reimbursement of telehealth services, allowing healthcare providers to more broadly expand patient access to virtual care. For the University of Maryland Medical Center health system based in Baltimore, telemedicine services encompass a vast array of tools that help the organization engage patients, monitor symptoms and provide … Read more

Medical school’s faculty physicians conquer the digital divide with telehealth and RPM

Maryland health system conquers the digital divide with telehealth and RPM

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an abrupt change to reimbursement of telehealth services, allowing healthcare providers to more broadly expand patient access to virtual care. For faculty members in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s psychiatry and family medicine departments, based in Baltimore, telemedicine services encompass a vast array of tools that help engage … Read more

Study: Pandemic telehealth use linked to lower opioid overdose risk

Study: Pandemic telehealth use linked to lower opioid overdose risk

Receiving opioid use disorder-related telehealth care during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with lower odds of medically treated overdose and better retention using medications like methadone and buprenorphine, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.  The research used data from Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries ages 18 and older who had received a diagnosis for opioid … Read more

NIH Awards $23M for telehealth oncology

NIH Awards $23M for telehealth oncology

The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has provided $23 million to four universities to develop cancer care telehealth centers as part of NCI’s Telehealth Research Centers of Excellence initiative. Under the federal Cancer Moonshot initiative, the TRACE program is focused on how best to use and sustain telehealth to provide cancer-related … Read more

Southcoast Health slashes CHF and COPD readmissions rates with telehealth and RPM

Southcoast Health slashes CHF and COPD readmissions rates with telehealth and RPM

Southcoast Health System, based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, has employed a multipronged approach to solving different issues through telemedicine. THE PROBLEM While early goals involved keeping care accessible and safe during the pandemic, staff have worked to focus on continuous improvement and adding programs that would build for long-term value in care delivery. “One of … Read more