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Health IT under Trump: Here are some of the hot topics to follow

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

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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

Reporters learn about wearables, health IT and telehealth

Kimberly Leonard

About Kimberly Leonard

Kimberly Leonard (@leonardkl)is a health care reporter at U.S. News and World Report. She is a co-chair of the Washington, D.C., chapter of AHCJ.

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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

Direct-to-consumer teleheath: The sector gets a new diagnosis

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

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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

Research using new private insurer data sheds light on how system is and isn’t working in six areas

Joseph Burns

About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at joseph@healthjournalism.org.

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 using telemedicine consults to integrate mental health, primary care

Joseph Burns

About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at joseph@healthjournalism.org.

Image: Neff Conner via Flickr

Image: Neff Conner via Flickr

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