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The Debate Over Annual Physicals: How Can Telehealth Help?

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 03:44 PM

Do routine checkups still have a place in today’s healthcare industry? An article from USA Today posed that question this week, as the topic has become increasingly prevalent as providers look to cut costs and streamline treatments in our new outcomes-based economy.

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Topics: primary care practice, telehealth

The End of Meaningful Use: Where Do We Go from Here?

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 09:47 AM

 

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Communication Issues: Patients Leaving Hospitals Often Don’t Understand Care Plans

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

 

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Topics: HIT, telehealth, hospitals, care plans, patient outcomes

Doc Chat: Survey Shows Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions Benefit from Increased Provider Communication

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

For patients with multiple chronic conditions, the ability to quickly (and securely) talk to their care providers is a near invaluable resource- as a recent report from Kaiser Permanente clearly demonstrated.

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Topics: primary care practice, independent primary care, Telemedicine, Chronic Care Management, CCM, telehealth, Chronic Conditions

Commonwealth Fund Report: We Must Improve Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

While the healthcare industry’s move to value-based care is well underway, a new report released this month from The Commonwealth Fund suggests that the U.S. is still not effectively managing its patients with multiple chronic conditions. To reach this conclusion, The Commonwealth Fund surveyed a total of more than 11,000 primary care doctors, specifically looking at the U.S. and nine other major industrialized countries. 

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Topics: CCM

9/10 Family Physicians Want Telehealth- Time to Pay Them for It

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 02:26 PM

While healthcare payers are still warming to the idea of telehealth, a recently released survey from Anthem Health and the AAFP suggests that a large amount of physicians are highly interested in further developing these services and using them to improve patient care.

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Topics: Telemedicine, family physicians, telehealth

Study Shows Rural Residents at Risk for Chronic Disease: CCM & Telehealth Are Here to Help

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

While primary care physicians continue to improve the treatment of elderly patients in the U.S., there is still room to use health information technologies to minimize gaps in the care continuum.

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Two Wins for Telehealth – One Bigger Win for Patients

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Mon, Nov 09, 2015 @ 04:01 PM

 

The days of telehealth being known as a “luxury” service are fast coming to an end. With the advent of Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program and the AMA commissioning workgroups to develop new telemedicine codes, it’s clear that telehealth is quickly becoming recognized as a necessary tool for all physicians looking to improve patient outcomes and get paid for it as well.

Last week saw two large developments in the telehealth world, as both New York and New Hampshire passed laws validating these services as essential cogs in the care continuum – following Medicare’s lead.

`1) New York Defines Telehealth:

New York legislators released an updated mandate for telehealth sure to spur the increased adoption of the technology. The mandate provides three key pieces of information:

  1. Medical professionals eligible for telemedicine coverage now include nurse practitioners, physicians, dentists, genetic specialists, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and psychologists.

  2. Remote patient monitoring can be offered in the patient’s home and Medicaid insurance will cover the costs.

  3. The state’s official definition of telemedicine: “The use of electronic information and communication technologies by a health care provider to deliver healthcare services to an insured individual while such individual is located at a site that is different from the site where the health care provider is located.”

2) New Hampshire No longer Requires In-Person Visits:

A similarly impactful law was passed in New Hampshire, as doctors in the state no longer need to see a patient in-person before providing care via videoconferencing tools.

From a patient engagement standpoint, this is tremendous news. In particular, elderly patients referred to a physician can complete the initial consult visit from their homes, allowing them to start the healing process immediately without dealing with travel or scheduling issues.

Through real-time communication, doctors can establish a relationship with their patients by taking all of their prescription drugs into account, transcribing a medical history, making a diagnoses, and creating a treatment plan- without ever meeting face-to-face.

For patients located in rural locations or physically unable to seek treatment, this could be the crucial difference between an improved condition and a lingering medical issue.

We here at Hello Health firmly support the continued campaigning of the necessary and cost-effective services that telehealth provides. While in-office visits are still absolutely necessary for ensuring efficient care, the most important task is fitting the best needs of the patient, and the further expansion of telehealth is certainly one way to accomplish this.

Read more about telehealth here: http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/new-hampshire-law-propels-telemedicine-software-adoption

 

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Avoid or Embrace CCM? Physicians With Broader View SeeClear Choice

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

Word about Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program is quickly growing. It seems like each day another article is published discussing the benefits for primary-care physicians who are able to provide telehealth services under the program.

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Topics: CCM

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Posted by Steven Ferguson on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 03:00 AM

 

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Topics: HIT, CMS, Telemedicine, Chronic Care Management, CCM, PCP, Providers, Doctors

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