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August 2018

Telemedicine Adds Value to an Orthopedic Bundled Payment Plan

By | Recent Telehealth News

Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

For orthopedic practices looking to improve post-acute care, a bundled payment plan that incorporates telemedicine can reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes. But it takes careful planning to create a good bundle.

“You’ve got to know the business,” says Stephen Lucey, MD, an orthopedic surging with Greensboro, N.C.-based Delta Joint Management. “Telehealth offers tons of opportunity for improving care, but you need to know how to fit it in.”

Patient safety demands more robust testing of EHR usability, says Pew

By | Recent Telehealth News

Article Author: Mike Miliard

Source: Healthcare IT News

Pew Charitable Trusts says not enough attention is being paid to electronic health record usability from a safety point of view. And given that federal certification requirements don’t address two key safety factors, it’s offering EHR developers and provider organizations a toolset to help boost patient protections.

For all the benefits that EHRs bring, variations in their design, customization and use can “lead to inefficiencies or workflow challenges and can fail to prevent – or even contribute to – patient harm,” according to a new study from Pew.

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Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

By | Recent Telehealth News

Article author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year.

Those outcomes are included in a case study published in the August edition of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). Using that as a benchmark, the case study’s authors say a connected care platform could save the nation $1.5 million per year.

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Recent PCORI Funding Focuses on Telehealth Interventions Research

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

Recently, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced $85 million in funding for 16 projects “compar[ing] two or more approaches to improving care and outcomes for a range of conditions and problems that impose high burdens on patients, caregivers and the healthcare system.” Three of these projects include research on the use of telehealth in the delivery of health interventions among populations experiencing major depressive disorder (MDD), type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
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Telemedicine Still Tops Health Execs’ Interests, With AI Rising

By | Recent Telehealth News

Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

Healthcare executives are still seeing a bright future for telehealth and telemedicine, with artificial intelligence quickly moving up the list of hot topics.

A survey of roughly 100 health industry executives by Utah-based Reaction Data found that 29 percent see telemedicine as having the biggest impact on healthcare. Another 20 percent picked AI technology, while 11 percent selected mobile data.

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CMS Proposes to Expand Telehealth Reimbursement Among Some ACOs

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule to redesign participation options under the Medicare Shared Savings Program to encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition into two-sided models designed to increase savings for the Trust Funds and mitigate losses, reduce gaming opportunities and promote regulatory flexibility and free market principles. The proposal includes a new section of the Shared Savings Program regarding payment for telehealth services provided in accordance with 1899(l) of the Social Security Act, as added by the Bipartisan Budget Act, which allows ACOs to expand the use of telehealth services by including the home as an originating site and removing geographic limitations. CMS would therefore treat a beneficiary’s home as an originating site and would not apply originating site restrictions for telehealth services provided by a physician or practitioner in an applicable ACO. The home would not be eligible for a facility fee.

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Federal Programs Explore Telehealth to Expand Health Care

By | Uncategorized

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

FCC Seeks Comment on “Connected Care Pilot Program”


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a notice of inquiry on August 3rd, requesting public comment regarding WC Docket 18-312, titled “Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers.” The docket proposes the “Connected Care Pilot Program,” a $100 million program that is intended to support the development of telehealth services and delivery for low-income Americans, especially rural and veteran populations. The FCC is seeking comments on the creation and evaluation of a pilot program and the program’s goals and overall design. Specifically, requests for comment include:
  • The FCC’s legal authority to establish a Connected Care pilot program
  • How the Universal Service Fund (USF) can support the goal of using broadband to increase access to telehealth services
  • The general role of broadband in improving health outcomes
  • Specific health conditions, areas of medicine, demographics or geographical areas on which the pilot program might focus
  • Selecting criteria for pilot projects supported by the pilot program
Comments are due by September 10, 2018 and can be submitted online through the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).  The notice of inquiry can be accessed through the FCC’s Commission Documents.

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