While it’s unclear what President-elect Donald Trump’s views are on health IT, the issue has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support.
Here are some top issues that journalists can track as we move forward into this unknown landscape: Continue reading
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More than 20 people came to the July 14, AHCJ chapter event in Washington, D.C., to learn about how technology affects health and what regulatory issues to watch out for.
The conversation was moderated by Politico Pro’s David Pittman (@David_Pittman), who covers health information technology. Pittman, who proposed the event, invited the panelists for their participation, and pitched the idea to the chapter co-chairs. The panelists were: Continue reading
They say health care is local. But the convergence of the smartphone and telehealth is making health care ubiquitous.
Virtual visits, a.k.a. direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth services, are growing in number and popularity. DTC telehealth companies provide on-demand physician video, text and phone consultations via mobile apps and websites for a nominal fee, paid by credit card. Some insurers are beginning to cover DTC telehealth visits in their health benefit plans. Continue reading
Six research reports released today by the Health Care Cost Institute show how the health insurance system is working and failing to work in such six major areas. Researchers report, for example, that mental health parity laws have not increased access to mental health services for some patients, and that consolidation among providers drives up treatment costs for cancer patients.
The research also shows that: Continue reading
Indiana is embarking a new way to deliver mental health care to Medicaid members. John Wernert, M.D., a psychiatrist who heads Indiana’s Medicaid agency, is introducing telemedicine to deliver psychiatric and other mental health services to patients, including the approximately 85 percent of patients who have what he calls rather modest behavioral health needs.
Indiana’s telemedicine initiative is important because the state is one of only a few adopting telehealth statewide. More widespread use of telehealth has been slow due to concerns about costs, as Phil Galewitz reported for Kaiser Health News last month. Continue reading