Looking to improve care for patients suffering from multiple chronic diseases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week launched an online dashboard that gives researchers easy access to data on Medicare patients with more than one chronic condition. More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries fall into that category, according to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner
You have to spend money to save money. On the face of it, that statement is counter-intuitive, but it's why the government has pumped millions into programs such as Meaningful Use, interoperability efforts, health data privacy and security and healthcare quality improvement. However, the sequestration cuts about to go into effect for some healthcare agencies and programs will allow the healthcare industry--and the government agencies that regulate and promote it--to test an alternate theory: To save money, you have to spend less money.
The American Telemedicine Association is spreading word that many Medicare recipients could lose coverage for telehealth benefits due to expected updates to federal urban/rural categorizations. The updates--delineations of Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas in 97 counties across 36 states--would realign populations in certain areas, which could impact "hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries.".
The "Fostering Independence Through Technology Act"--a bill aimed at boosting telehealth use to reduce hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries in rural and underserved areas--was reintroduced to Congress this week by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).
A group of 11 healthcare centers are participating in a telehealth initiative that will bring preventative dental care to more than 2,000 California residents, HealthyCal reports, including children...
Information exchange, cybersecurity and building a public safety broadband network are primary concerns for state CIOs across the nation, according to recently released federal advocacy priorities from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers for 2013.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is launching a patient-centered 'medical neighborhood' this month, as vendors begin to help primary care providers improve treatment and lower costs in their communities.
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this week would expand reimbursement for telehealth services in federal programs and create a federal standard for medical licensure in telehealth.
Though the landscape for telehealth continues to evolve, uncertainty over provider payment and unever reimbursement remains a barrier.
A survey of primary care providers in 10 countries finds health IT can help improve care, but a large percent of physicians in all countries complained about the time it took to receive information from specialists and hospitals.