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Healthcare orgs ask CBO, MedPAC to use alternative data to evaluate telemedicine use for Medicare

Healthcare organizations, in a letter Monday, called on the Congressional Budget Office and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to use alternative data sources to create cost estimates and analysis of telemedicine use in Medicare.

Telemedicine industry must embrace scrutiny to ensure quality

Research published earlier this week in  JAMA Dermatology  examining the accuracy and quality of services delivered by direct-to-consumer telemedicine companies caused quite a stir in the healthcare industry.

American Well to allow users to search for docs through online marketplace

Telehealth company American Well announced this week it will soon allow health plan users to choose from a menu of doctors through an online marketplace.

ATA16: VA to establish five new telemental health resource centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs is banking on the promise of telemedicine to improve access to care, announcing this week five new resource centers dedicated to the services.

Accuracy of remote dermatology care concerns researchers

A study of direct-to-consumer telemedicine services published this week in  JAMA Dermatology  raises troubling questions about the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.

Mercy Virtual teams up with Penn State to bolster ICU monitoring

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will soon work with Chesterfield, Missouri-based Mercy Virtual on virtual monitoring for the medical center's intensive care unit.

Survey: Care coordination, cost cutting among biggest drivers of telemedicine implementation

Of 120 respondents to a KPMG survey of individuals who work for healthcare providers, 25 percent said their telemedicine programs not only are improving efficiency and patient volumes, but also are financially sustainable.

Researchers: State telemedicine parity laws don't impact its use for Medicare populations

State telemedicine coverage parity laws have had no bearing on increased use of the technology for Medicare populations, researchers write this week in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Telemedicine helps solve recruitment problems, improves access for Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service is using telemedicine as a way to solve staffing problems and bring in specialists at its rural facilities.

Docs question quality of 'no-touch' telemedicine services

Some physicians are questioning the role of telemedicine in care, wondering if "no-touch" services work in all cases.