Tag Archives: telehealth

Opioid epidemic, rural health spurring wider adoption of telehealth, panel says

In just the past few years, telehealth has gained some momentum, in part spurred by the opioid epidemic and an aging rural population.

Medicare, in particular, has loosened some of its requirements around telehealth reimbursement starting in 2017, said Mei W. Kwong, executive director for the Center for Connected Health Policy and National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, which tracks state and federal telehealth legislation. Continue reading

How machine learning and artificial intelligence might influence social determinants of health

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This might not seem specific to social determinants of health, but machines that can be trained in health information may become gatekeepers of the future. If the artificial intelligence and medicine intersect successfully, the result could prove lifesaving for people whom social factors leave at a disadvantage. Continue reading

Why are patient portals such duds?

Patient portals — those consumer-facing websites that enable patients to access their medical information securely and communicate with their doctor — have been around for at least 15 years. But with a few exceptions, they end up becoming dead zones. Why?

Let’s look at the facts, collected in a data brief published this spring by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC): Continue reading

Expanding Medicare payment for ‘virtual check-ins’ – will it drive telehealth adoption?

Beginning in January 2019, Medicare patients may have more calls and video chats with their physicians in between office appointments.

That’s because, on July 12, federal regulators overseeing the Medicare program included in a large package of proposed rules a provision that would allow for stand-alone reimbursement for so-called “virtual check-ins.” Continue reading

Using technology to monitor patients at home gets boost from Medicare

Remote patient monitoring – using technology to keep track of a patient’s health between doctor visits – is gaining traction as our population ages and a health care workforce shortage persists.

Hospital, physician groups and insurers are generally enthusiastic about remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic conditions or who need extra support after a hospital stay (because it can reduce unnecessary hospital admissions). But payment for these services has generally been lacking. Continue reading