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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE

ASU Students Win Signal Processing Application Contest ASU News Three Arizona State University students from different disciplines worked together to develop Speaklear, a telemedicine device designed to allow speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to treat patients with communication disorders remotely.

Winnipeg Knee Surgery to Be Streamed Live Chrisd.ca “There are cameras built into the operating room, which we use for teaching via TeleHealth,” 

Telemedicine Program Aims to Reduce Waiting Times for Psychiatric Services Midland Reporter-Telegram A telemedicine research project designed to give rural patients better access to care after hospital visits became a lifesaver for one Alpine family more than 20 years ago.

BUSINESS NEWS

Suppliers of Medical Equipment Interconnects Advance Line Global Sources Local interconnects companies hope to benefit from the boom in portable and wearable medical devices. The global mobile medical equipment market is projected to garner $23 billion in total sales by 2017, according to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association. 

Global Home Healthcare Software and Services Industry 2018 Forecasts Gnomes National News Service New technologies such as cloud computing, mobile technology, and telehealth solutions have emerged as efficient models to transform the healthcare system. It provides quick access to patient data, ability to share information more easily, and also improvesoperational efficiency. 

U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS

Telemedicine Alliance Aims to Educate Policymakers The Washington Post It demonstrated medical technology — including video systems that can enable a physician in an urban hospital to monitor a patient in a rural one — and urged lawmakers to adapt regulations to accommodate it.

5 Telehealth Bills to Watch Government Technology A number of bills have been introduced recently to address those issues and encourage adoption of telemedicine methods as a way to meet the rising demand for routine medical services.

TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD

Healthcare: Initiator about Romania-Serbia telemedicine transboundary project: It's an example and inspirational spark Actmedia 'This is a project with real effects that benefits the citizens, but also Serbia and Romania's health systems, specifically everyone involved from doctors to nurses and IT staff.

Research and Markets: Analysis of the Video Telemedicine Market in Europe 2014-2020 Fort Mill Times The objective of this research is to present a comprehensive analysis of the video telemedicine market in Europe with respect to market potential and the key market dynamics. The regional scope of the analysis is focused on the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, and Benelux.

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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Know Your Resource Center, Reach Your Telemedicine Goals

Did you know that there are 14 Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) in the United States, Nationwide? The 12 regional centers, with individual geographic and demographic strengths and expertise, as well as 2 national centers, all focus on telemedicine technology and policy. Telehealth Resource Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, which is part of the Office of Rural Health Policy. They provide free information regarding telemedicine and telehealth policies and pending legislation for healthcare providers, health systems, clinics government agencies and others interested in telehealth, in every state.

In California, the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC), has a current grant through Blue Shield of California Foundation to offer FREE ONSITE TRAINING SESSIONS in the following categories:

  • - Equipment User Training, troubleshooting and patient presentation

  • - Billing, financial and contracting models

  • - Staff roles, clinic operational flow, overcoming integration barriers

  • - Other topics can be discussed as requested

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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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