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CMS Proposes Telehealth Expansion for Medicare Advantage Plans

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is looking to expand telehealth access for members enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.

As part of a 362-page proposal issued on October 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to eliminate geographical restrictions on telehealth access in MA plans by 2020, enabling those in urban areas to use connected health technology. The proposal would also give members more locations to access care, including their own home.

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Telemedicine Network Helps Virginia Hospitals Coordinate Care

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

A new telemedicine platform is giving northern Virginia’s Culpeper Medical Center the opportunity to triage patients with cardiac or vascular issues before sending them, if necessary, on to the experts at UVA Medical Center.

Culpeper Medical Center, part of the Novant Health UVA health system, is using connected care technology to link its Emergency Department with specialists at UVA’s Heart & Vascular Center in Charlottesville, roughly an hour away. The specialists, using the video feed and the patient’s medical record, can consult with the patient and the patient’s family before deciding on a course of treatment, which could keep the patient at Culpeper or send him/her on to UVA for emergency or scheduled surgery.

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Telemedicine Partnership Envisions an RPM Program Without Devices

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

A new telemedicine partnership aims to improve remote patient monitoring programs by capturing vital signs without the need for medical devices.

VSee, the California-based developer of video visit platforms used by Ascension, Intermountain Healthcare, Trinity Health, MDLive and NASA, among others, is joining forces with a telemedicine company whose latest technology captures vital signs through an mHealth app.

Developed by InteloMed, the mCVInsight app uses facial detection and tracking software to capture physiologic data through smartphone sensors. The technology is currently involved in pilot projects aimed at achieving U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

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Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

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Article Author: ADM Brett P. Giroir

Source: Health IT Buzz

Combatting the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  We are making progress. Just last week we released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)data, which showed significantly more people received treatment for substance use disorder in 2017 than in 2016; this was especially true for those with heroin-related opioid use disorders.  In addition, the number of people who initiated use of heroin in 2017 was less than half of the number in 2016.

While these are promising data, we know there is still much more work to be done, especially in rural areas that have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic.  This is particularly true in some rural and remote areas of the country where patients with opioid use disorder (OUD must travel long distances to receive treatment; and there are too few clinicians available to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT)- an essential component in the treatment of OUD.

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Stanford Researchers Use an mHealth Patch to Measure Teenager Stress

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

Stanford University is using an mHealth wearable in a new study looking for a connection between stress and depression in teenagers.

Researchers in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science are using the Vital Scout, a Band-Aid-sized digital health patch that uses sensors – including electrocardiogram (ECG) measurement – to continuously monitor heart and respiratory rate, sleep, activity and other functions.

The patch was unveiled by California-based VivaLNK at the CES show in Las Vegas in early 2016 as a consumer product, enabling users to monitor their own stress levels for up to 72 hours at a time through a patch affixed to one’s chest.

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Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans.

The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis and at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton. Both are in response to an increase in the number of veterans living in the counties served by those hospitals.

The connected care programs are part of a larger effort by the VA to improve access to healthcare for veterans, no matter where they’re located. This outreach includes an mHealth app platform and the ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ program, which enables VA-sanctioned healthcare providers to connect with veterans anywhere through telehealth for treatment.

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California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services.

AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on the California Department of Education and Department of Health Care Services to develop connected care guidelines within two years for the state’s public schools, including charter schools.

The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and State Assembly.

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