The CONNECT Act is Back, Giving Telehealth Policy a 4th Shot at Passage

The CONNECT for Health Act is back before Congress for a 4th time, and backers say the massive telehealth bill could cross the finish line this time on broad bipartisan support and pressure to set long-term connected health policy.

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Senators Again Seek Telehealth Waivers for Home Healthcare Providers

A group of Senators has re-introduced a bill that would allow home healthcare providers to use telehealth in place of some in-person visits during a public health emergency.

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Intermountain Bolsters Connected Health Footprint With Air Transport Service

Intermountain Healthcare is acquiring an air transport service that reaches eight states, a move that officials say will support and improve its far-reaching telehealth platform.

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South Shore Health Leverages Telehealth, RPM in New ‘SNF at Home’ Program

The Massachusetts health system is integrating remote patient monitoring tools into its year-old Mobile Integrated Health platform to improve care at home for patients with complex health concerns.

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5 Guidelines to Establishing a Post-Pandemic Telehealth Strategy

Telehealth adoption has soared during the coronavirus pandemic, and it will be part of the process once the crisis is over. Medical practices need to develop a strategy now that mixes in-person and virtual care

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Telehealth Puts Truckers on the Path to Better Access, Health Outcomes

Truck drivers don’t typically have a healthy lifestyle. But a Texas company that’s using mHealth and telehealth to improve access to care and boost health outcomes could offer a model of care for the industry.

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Telehealth Becoming a Preferred Platform for Cardiovascular Care

A Cedars-Sinai study finds that patients – especially minorities and underserved populations – took advantage of telehealth to meet with their care providers for cardiovascular services during the pandemic.

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CMS Expands Telehealth Coverage for Audiologists- Speech-Language Pathologists

CMS has added a number of CPT codes to the list of audiology and speech-language pathology services provided by telehealth that will be covered by Medicare during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Stanford Children’s Uses mHealth to Keep Young Patients at Home

Cardiologists at Stanford Children’s Health are using mHealth devices and telehealth platforms to monitor their young patients at home, rather than having the family travel several hours for an office visit.

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CMS Facing Pressure to Add Telehealth to Diabetes Prevention Programs

The Alliance for Connected Care is leading a new lobbying effort to have telehealth included in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, both during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Telehealth Access Disparities In COVID-19 Virtual Care Boom

Among privately insured Americans, telehealth use was highest for members in affluent and/or urban areas, raising concern for access disparities.

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Telehealth, mHealth Tools Smooth Out the Rough Edges for Transplant Patients

Telehealth platforms and mHealth apps are helping transplant patients and their care teams improve care coordination and management, leading to better life experiences and fewer office visits.

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Researchers Work on a Drone That Can Make Telehealth House Calls

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are developing a small drone, that, equipped with telehealth tools, can enter a house to facilitate virtual visits, drop off or pick up supplies, even survey living conditions.

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Payer Partners with CBOs to Reduce Maternal Care Disparities

BCBSIL’s approach underscores the critical role that payer partnerships with community-based organizations can play in reducing maternal care disparities.

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New Coalition, Programs Focus on Establishing Telehealth Equity

Telehealth has long been seen as a toolkit for improving access to care for underserved populations. The pandemic is now prompting people to ask whether we’re making the best use of those tools.

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