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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE

Explore Telemedicine - the future is now for moving telemedicine into mainstream treatment WhaTech In the US, telemedicine has been promoted as a way to serve rural populations, but in the next few years it is expected to spread to a much wider patient base.

EHR Interoperability Solution Offered by Key IT Panels Modern Healthcare Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.

Digital doc: CHI Franciscan Health patients save $600K with Virtual Urgent Care Puget Sounds Business Journal Virtual Urgent Care, a service the medical system provides through telemedicine company Carena, means patients can talk to doctors and nurses remotely for the sake of convenience, so they don't have to wait in an emergency room for hours.

BUSINESS NEWS

Telehealth Market Poised to Hit $43.4B by 2019 HealthcareDive A new BCC Research report finds that the telemedicine market will hit $43.4 billion by 2019. The overall telemedicine market is growing at a 17.7% compound rate, largely fueled by telehome visits increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%.

Blackberry Passport Launched The New Indian Express UST Global unveiled an advanced telemedicine application in collaboration with BlackBerry India for cardiovascular surgery and telemedicine centre, Nanavati Super-Specialty Hospital. 

AMD Global Telemedicine Announces AGNES-Ready Certification Program and Integration with MiiS horusScope Virtual-Strategy.com The MiiS horusScope, a medical scope with interchangeable lenses used for telemedicine applications, is the latest product certified for use with AGNES telemedicine software.

U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS

New Mexico Expands its Teleneurology Network mHealth News Thirty rural hospitals across New Mexico will soon have instant access to neurological and neurosurgery consults, thanks to a $15 million telehealth grant being supplied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

UC Merced Connect: Video Technology Gives Students More Access to Psychiatric Services Merced Sun-Star The 10th and newest UC campus is the first within the system to provide telemedicine psychiatry. Students who are referred to a psychiatrist are linked to an off-campus doctor through a secure video-conferencing system at the H. Rajender Reddy Health Center. Referrals are made through the health center.

TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD

India: Telemedicine Catches Up Deccan Chronicle Telemedicine, a technology that makes the doctor in a city diagnose a patient in other city, with the help of videoconference and tools that are able to analyse the patient’s condition is becoming popular in Indian cities.

Telemedicine Has an Easier Pathway Outside the U.S. Roll Call The U.S. lags behind in acceptance due to varying state and federal restrictions, but European regulations are simpler and telemedicine increased in Israel after health authorities relaxed guidelines. 

Dubai Health Authority Introduces Telemedicine for Diabetic Eye-checkups Zawya HE. Eng. Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: "Diabetics who visit the DHA facilities will no longer have to go to an ophthalmologist for their annual eye check-ups. Every diabetic clinic in DHA primary healthcare centres are fitted with digital retinal cameras.

U.S. TELEMEDICINE LEGISLATION

(Arizona) SB1050. Telemedicine; Naturopaths: Introduced January 14, 2014, amending previous Telemedicine legislation section 36-3601.
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(Hawaii) SB2469. Telehealth; Insurance; Health Care Providers; Reimbursement: Introduced January 21, 2014, Requires reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine to be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient. 
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(Maryland) SB198. Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine: This bill would amend the state’s law regarding Medicaid coverage of telemedicine.  It would remove restrictions, such as requiring the use of telemedicine only in the case of providing for the treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke; in emergency department settings and when an appropriate specialist is not available.  If passed, this bill would take effect October 1, 2014.
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(Washington) HB1448. Regarding Telemedicine. Re-introduced January 13, 2014, this bill will be amending RCW 70.41.020 and 2 70.41.230; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; adding a new 3 section to chapter 48.43 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an 4 effective date.
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S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act: Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] in January 2014, the goal of this bill is to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 6719 TeleHealth Promotion Act: Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-Calif.) in late 2012, the goal of this bill was to prevent readmission and help with interstate licensing. It was introduced Dec. 30, 2012, but not enacted.
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H.R. 3577 (Introduced Nov. 21, 2013): To establish the Commission on Health Care Savings through Innovative Wireless Technologies Read Bill Text

H.R. 3077: TELE-MED Act of 2013 (Introduced Sept. 10, 2013): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain Medicare providers licensed in a State to provide telemedicine services to certain Medicare beneficiaries in a different State.
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H.R. 3306 Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013: Introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It was introduced on Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting and expanding the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.
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TELEMEDICINE.COM NEWS
Governor Jerry Brown Telemedicine

December 2014

CALIFORNIA TELEHEALTH NETWORK RECEIVES GRANT FROM USDA

Telemedicine.com is pleased to announce that our partner, the California Telehealth Network, has received a $486,132 award through the USDA Rural Utility Services (RUS) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant (DLT).  With this grant, The California Telehealth Network is bringing together five rural health care agencies under an innovative project called CA R.E.A.C.T.S. (Rural Education And Clinical Telemedicine Solution), which will bring new or enhance existing Telemedicine services in the rural, frontier and remote communities in an eight county region of California. 

In the CA R.E.A.C.T.S program, CTN, along with consortium partners - Ampla Health, Southern Inyo Health Clinic, Redwoods Rural Health Center, Northeastern Rural Health Clinic, and Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health – will improve access to specialty physician services in extremely underserved rural communities in northern and central valley regions of California.  This grant will be providing equipment and training necessary to link psychiatry, endocrinology, dermatology, nephrology, and cardiology specialists to low-income underserved patients in remote health centers. This programwill expand healthcare access to those who desperately need medical care, through 18,000+ telemedicine encounters, during the three-year project period.

“We are very excited about this grant for patients throughout CA!  This funding will provide a positive impact on the most impoverished California communities that are isolated and critically lack access to specialty care. With the equipment procured for the CA R.E.A.C.T.S program, 300+ hospitals and clinics connected to the California Telehealth Network stand to benefit greatly”, exclaimed Telemedicine.com CEO, Daniel Kurywchak, after learning the news, Thursday.

(Pictured Above: Telemedicine.com CEO, Daniel Kurywchak, and CTN President, Eric Brown, demonstrating equipment to CA Governor Jerry Brown)

The RUS DLT awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This year, the DLT grant funded 65 projects, totaling over $20 million, all of which will bring academic and medical services to rural communities nationwide.

If you would like assistance writing your next grant proposal, contact us at mail@telemedicine.com or call (530) 676-0421.

In California, the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC), has a current grant through Blue Shield of California Foundation to offer FREE ONSITE TRAINING SESSIONS . See the training flyer for more information!

We are proud to work closely with the TRCs to provide education and guidance to our health care providers, hospitals and clinics. Contact us to find out how we can team up to help your organization. (530) 676-0421 or mail@telemedicine.com



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MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

ATA Asks HHS to Lift 'Unnecessary' Restrictions on Medicare Providers Fierce HealthIT "Providers cannot take advantage of the full capabilities of telemedicine and telehealth due to unnecessary limitations," said Jonathan Linkous, chief executive officer of ATA, in an announcement.

Telemedicine and Telehealth Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid May 1, 2013.. Learn More

House bill seeks active-duty telehealth Healthcare IT News. Continuing the recent spate of mHealth activity in the nation's capital, a pair of California Congressmen have submitted a bill that would expand telehealth coverage to active-duty service members, their dependents, retirees and veterans.

Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2013 Includes a 26.5% Decrease. HANYS. Telehealth: CMS adopted its proposal to add eight Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes to the list of services approved for coverage under the Medicare telehealth policy.

Delaware Medicaid Program Announces Reimbursements for Telemedicine-Delivered Services. HIMSS. This initiative will help to improve patient’s access to care, better the quality of care and help to transform the state’s mental health system.

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