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Telehealth legislation seeks better coverage for chronically ill

Forthcoming legislation set to be introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) looks to expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine beyond what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed earlier this month in its update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Telemedicine consults in Latin America prove useful for pediatric care

Physicians in Latin America who participated in pediatric consultations via telemedicine with researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC were "highly satisfied" with the service, according to a new study.

Remote patient monitoring correlates with sharp drop in hospital charges

The number and length of hospitalizations, as well as hospital charges all significantly declined when rural and underserved heart failure patients were remotely monitored, according to research published online this month in  Telemedicine and e-Health.

Will insurers' telemedicine use lead to wrong diagnoses?

Insurers are slowly incorporating telemedicine into their health plan offerings, but some doctors worry the increased use of online visits with patients could lead to wrong diagnoses.

ATA: Telemedicine can improve managed care adequacy

The American Telemedicine Association, in a letter sent this week to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, outlines several recommendations to improve network adequacy of managed care plans via telemedicine.

How Arches Health Plan drives innovation

In the 21 months since Arches Health Plan--one of the 24 consumer oriented and operated plans (CO-OP)--received funding, the company already has taken steps that could send changes throughout the...

GAO: USDA broadband loan program needs a performance review

The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to evaluate the effectiveness of its rural broadband loan program, as many performance goals don't align with the program's intent, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Home-care IT can leave patients with cognitive problems powerless

For all the ways that technology can help support patients in the home, it also holds the potential for exclusion and powerlessness, according to an article in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Feds, AMA look to telemedicine, health IT to treat hepatitis C

The ONC and American Medical Association are working with the CDC on a program that uses health IT and telemedicine to diagnose and treat hepatitis C virus infections.

Industry groups to Congress: Telemedicine licensing 'out of date'

A pair of industry groups put pressure on Congress to update "out-of-date" licensing and reimbursement policies for telemedicine.