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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE

Study Suggests that Children with Disabilities May Benefit More from Telemedicine Services iMedicalApps In this study of 126 patient records, one of the most important findings was that children with known disabilities made up a large percentage of the patients using the telemedicine service. 40% of the patients had documented cerebral palsy.

ECRI: Telehealth, Google Glass Among Health Tech to Watch in 2015 FierceHealthIT Telehealth and Google Glass are among 10 healthcare technologies to watch in 2015, according to the ECRI Institute's latest Hospital C-Suite Watch List.

UAB Piloting Three-Year Dialysis Study Using Telemedicine Health IT Outcomes A new three-year pilot study has begun through the University of Alabama Birmingham Medicine’s Red Mountain Home Dialysis Training Unit that will allow its patients living outside Jefferson County to use videoconferencing to check in with their physicians, Health Data Management reports.

BUSINESS NEWS

Kaiser Strike May Boost Telehealth in California mHealthNews The strike, expected to last at least until next week, may prompt other telehealth providers to step up their services for Kaiser members. It may also prompt those in need of therapy or other healthcare to check online for available resources.

Google Named as Partner in Bid for $11B Military EHR Contract Modern Healthcare PwC says Google was always part of the bid, which proposes to build a system on open-source software derived from the Veterans Affairs Department's EHR system, VistA. Google would provide services in infrastructure, including cloud, security, storage, networking and enterprise search capabilities, said PwC health IT practice leader Dan Garrett.

Top 5 Digital Health Categories Poised for Growth in 2015 HIT Consultant Telemedicine was the fastest growing category in digital health last year, increasing 315 percent with nearly $300 million in aggregate funding, fueled by both new and established entrants. Two core issues surrounding the continued growth of telemedicine are licensure and reimbursement.

U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS

Cleveland City Schools Offers Telemed Program The Chattanoogan.com Medical care for Cleveland City School students is more accessible than ever. Students of Mayfield Elementary, E.L. Ross Elementary, D.P. Yates Primary, and Cleveland Middle School are part of the new Telemedicine program where students can receive expert medical care without leaving school.

New York Latest State to Enact Telehealth Parity Fierce Health Payer New York has become the 22nd state to require insurers to reimburse telehealth visits at the same rate as in-person visits. The law is retroactive to Jan. 1, though it's expected that insurance companies will need time to update their policies.

EPHC’s Telemedicine Program Ranks in the Top 10 Statewide Plumas County News Eastern Plumas Health Care was recently named one of the top 10 telemedicine performers in the California Telehealth Network. EPHC secured the fourth spot out of 800 rural health care telemedicine clinics statewide.

TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD

First Patients for Paediatric Diabetes Telemedicine Clinic Business.Scoop Central Otago paediatric diabetes patients no longer have to travel to see the specialist team in Dunedin for a thirty minute appointment following the start this week of a new paediatric diabetes telemedicine clinic at Dunstan Hospital.

Orange and USAID Join Forces to Boost m-Health Innovations Across Africa Medical Observer The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and global telecommunications operator Orange announced a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa.

Maiden Telemedicine Facility to Come up in Maharashtra The New Indian Express MUMBAI: Maharashtra will shortly become the first state in the country to launch telemedicine facility for the patients in remote areas, where medical facilities have been a distant dream since decades.

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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January 2015

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



Telemedicine.com is always looking to assist facilities at any stage in their remote care project development. Please let us know how we can assist you with your telemedicine needs, contact us today at mail@telemedicine.com!

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MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

House Lawmakers Float Draft Bill on Medicare Telehealth Payments iHealth Beat Lawmakers in the House circulated a draft bill that would grant HHS more freedom to waive Medicare restrictions on reimbursements for telehealth services, Politico's "Morning eHealth" reports.

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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