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Telemedicine Adds Value to an Orthopedic Bundled Payment Plan

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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

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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

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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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Telemedicine Still Tops Health Execs’ Interests, With AI Rising

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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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Dignity Health, UCSF Move to Consolidate Their Telehealth Platforms

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Article Author: Erick Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

Two San Francisco-based health systems are joining forces to coordinate their mHealth and telehealth programs onto one enterprise-wide platform.

Dignity Health, which comprises 40 hospitals and 400 healthcare sites in California, Arizona and Nevada, announced a partnership last month with the University of California-San Francisco Health System, a research and teaching hospital known for its digital health studies and connected care platforms for specialist services.

“Our collaboration with Dignity Health will empower patients and their families with digital healthcare and connectivity, while simplifying the provider experience,” Shelby Decosta, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for UCSF Health, said in a recent press release. “Together, with Dignity Health, we are opening new pathways for healthcare organizations to create a superior experience for their own patients and ultimately, for patients nationwide.”

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CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video

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Article Author: Nathan Bomey

Source: USA Today

Think of it as a digital doctor.

Drugstore giant CVS Health plans to offer a nationwide service to treat easy-to-diagnose maladies and other medical issues via its smartphone app.

The telemedicine service will be offered for diagnosis of conditions such as colds and flu, skin issues and general wellness matters.

The video visit service, which will be provided on smartphones, will cost $59 and can be paid by credit card or debit card. CVS, which is close to acquiring health insurance firm Aetna, said insurance coverage on the telemedicine service will be available “in the coming months.”

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A Georgia Non-Profit Looks to Market Telehealth to Rural America

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 – The Global Partnership for Telehealth has launched a new strategy to increase adoption of connected health technologies in rural and remote parts of the country. It’s marketing its own telemedicine solution.

The Georgia-based non-profit, a spin-off of the state’s 12-year-old Georgia Partnership for Telehealth telehealth resource center, recently unveiled Pathways, a web-based videoconferencing platform designed primarily for small and resource-thin healthcare providers, as well as schools and other entities looking to launch a telehealth platform but hesitant to wade into the commercial market.

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