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Telehealth bill would extend Medicare coverage to underserved areas

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries and other patients in underserved areas, according to an announcement from Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, one of its sponsors.

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.

CMS: Clinical decision support not limited to pop-up alerts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, evidently concerned about some of the negative outcomes involving intrusive pop-up clinical decision support alerts, has issued a tip sheet and answers a FAQ to clarify that the Meaningful Use incentive program is not limited to this type of notification.

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.

IT, patient-centered research key to pushing disease prevention efforts

Information technology will be crucial to pushing disease prevention efforts in healthcare, according to a recent viewpoint published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

How robots are creating a patient-centered healthcare environment

In a famous 1927 essay titled "The Care of the Patient," Francis Peabody states that the personal bond between the doctor and the patient is the source of the "greatest satisfaction of...