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Inclusion of telemedicine in VA overhaul bill draws praise

Telemedicine, much to the delight of some health industry observers, is a prominent part of legislation announced this week allocating $17 million to overhaul the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interstate medical licensure would 'herald major reform'

If an interstate compact for physician licensure moves forward, it would herald a major reform in medical licensing, according to Robert Steinbrook, M.D., of the Yale School of Medicine.

Docs mull impact of telemedicine on patient interactions

As the role of telemedicine expands, doctors are considering what implications it will have on their interactions with patients.

Updates to state licensing compact focus on patient protections

In an effort to expand the use of telemedicine across state lines, the Federation of State Medical Boards has released an updated version of its interstate compact for physician licensure. The updated draft includes proposed changes to strengthen patient protections and streamline the requirements for licensures across states.

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...