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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE

It's Been a Big Week for Telemedicine and Telehealth Forbes Congratulations to the rest of the world — you know, people outside the health IT industry — on discovering telemedicine this week. In fact, kudos to some inside the industry for understanding its potential.

Tazca Connects and TIP to Deploy 4G LTE-as-a-Service for Rural Telehealth Health Tech Zone  The goal of TIP is to use its team of telehealth experts to connect a system on a global scale with a care infrastructure that addresses the healthcare challenges countries around the world face.

Cross-Border Pediatric Telemedicine Works Well Health Data Management After studying more than 1,000 pediatric telemedicine consultations offered in Latin America, researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh--a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital--found physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with the services and believed they had improved patient outcomes.

BUSINESS NEWS

Dignity Health Teams Up With Other Hospitals Through Telemedicine Santa Maria Sun “The doctor on the other end appears on the computer screen and can actually talk and ask questions of the patient and doctors,” Merrill said. “And they can actually examine patients that way.”

Healthcare Robot Systems Market Worth $3,764 Million by 2018 Digital Journal This report studies the global medical robots market over the forecast period of 2013 to 2018. Medical Robotic Systems Market was valued at $1,781 million in 2013 and is expected to reach $3,764 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 16.1% from 2013 to 2018.

RI Hospital Develops Use Case for Google Glass in Telemedicine HER Intelligence From radiology images to EHR access to surgical visualization, Glass is finding a home in a healthcare industry seeking new ways to leverage technology in the fight against inefficiencies and waste.

U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS

Regulatory Barriers Are Keeping Telemedicine From Reaching Its Full Potential House Committee on Small Business “One of the best ways to reform health care and reduce costs is to allow the private sector to improve the industry through innovation and increased access. Telemedicine is the type of tool that does this, and we should fully embrace it.."

ATA Execs Say Telehealth Policy Reform on Lawmakers' Radar  iHealthBeat During the American Telemedicine Association's weekly telecast on Tuesday, ATA executives said that telehealth policy reform legislation is a key priority for many lawmakers.

Compromise bill would fund VA accelerating mobile clinics via telemedicine mHealthNews A proposed compromise in Congress to overhaul the VA, if passed, would have a notable impact on the department's mHealth and telemedicine initiatives.

TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD

ACRRM and HISA Join Forces to Promote Telehealth Pulse IT Magazine The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) have agreed to jointly produce webinars promoting the use of telehealth as a tool to overcome the fragmentation of care.

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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August 2014

Free Grant Writing Services Available for Eligible Organizations!

HRSA - New Access Point Grant 
Total Funding: $100,000,000
Maximum Award: Up to $650,000 per year - 2 Years Total
Deadline: Grants.gov submission - Aug 20, 2014; HRSA (electronic handbook) - Oct. 7, 2014
Match: None Required

Program Purpose: to support new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program, providing comprehensive primary healthcare services to underserved and vulnerable populations. Applicants must demonstrate that the target area served is considered in whole or in part an Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Medically Underserved Population (MUP). 

Eligible Organizations: must be public or non-profit private entities, including tribal, faith-based and community based organizations (to include schools who are proposing full time School Based Health Care that would be open to their community at large). Applications may be submitted by new organizations (New Start) OR organizations currently receiving operational grant funding under the Health Center Program (Satellite). Applicants may NOT apply on behalf of another organization.

Additional Applicant Requirements: applicants must propose a new access point (place where healthcare services are provided) that:

Provides comprehensive primary medical care as its primary purpose

Provides services, either directly onsite or through established arrangements, without regard to ability to pay

Ensures access to services for all individuals in the service/target area

Applicant proposes at least 1 new “access point” that is a permanent service delivery site providing primary medical care as its main purpose, operating a minimum of 40 hrs per week

Sites who are currently part of another Health Center Program grant, who proposed relocation/consolidation, expansion of capacity or change in Scope are NOT eligible for this funding opportunity

To determine if your project is eligible, call us at (530) 676-0421 or email us at mail@telemedicine.com.

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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