Telehealth News Brief - Issue 5

October 06, 2020 By: Quadax

Telehealth

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has pushed telehealth and mHealth to center stage as healthcare providers of all sizes look to provide care on virtual platforms. We want to help you stay on top of the latest updates to telehealth. 


 

 October 3, 2020 

Some Insurers End Pandemic Waivers of Fees and Deductibles for Telehealth
New York Times

The coronavirus outbreaks had prompted the nation’s largest insurers to stop charging co-pays or requiring deductibles for virtual visits, but some consumers will now have to pay those fees again. 
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 October 2, 2020 

Bipartisan TIKES Act Would Improve Telehealth Access for Kids
Healthcare IT News

The legislation would require the HHS Secretary to issue guidance to states on virtual care strategies and mandate studies on the impact of telemedicine on healthcare access.
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3 Common Telehealth Technologies that Payers Cover, Leverage
HealthPayer Intelligence

Within the CDC’s three telehealth modalities, payers commonly turn to telehealth technologies including phone calls, secure direct messaging, and remote patient monitoring. 
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 October 1, 2020 

Amid Rising Substance Abuse Rates, Treatment Centers Turn to Telehealth
mHealth Intelligence

Amid a surge in substance abuse issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Desert Hope Treatment Center is using a telehealth platform to screen patients and expand access to sorely needed counseling. 
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 September 30, 2020 

New Coalition Plans to Apply mHealth to Tackling Health Disparities
mHealth Intelligence

The HEAL Coalition, launched by the Consumer Technology Association and Connected Health Initiative, will shine the spotlight on commercial mHealth and telehealth tools that can improve health outcomes. 
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Docs Expect More Telehealth Access, Ramp Up Patient Outreach
Patient Engagement HIT

Thirty-eight percent said digital health literacy got in the way of telehealth access, opening the door for better patient outreach. 
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 September 29, 2020 

Sen. Ron Wyden: COVID-19 Meant No More ‘Dawdling’ on Telehealth
HealthcareIT News

In a new HIMSS TV series, the Oregon senator highlighted the importance of safeguarding access to telemedicine for mental health services. 
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As Insurers Move This Week to Stop Waiving Telehealth Copays, Patients May Have to Pay More for Virtual Care
STAT News

Beginning Oct. 1, several private health insurers no longer fully pay for virtual visits under certain circumstances — effectively reinstituting costs for patients reliant on virtual care. 
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 September 28, 2020 

Majority of Health Execs Say Telemedicine Has Improved Patient Care
HealthcareIT News

While more than half of the leaders polled say their telehealth experience has been a positive one, they saw some barriers too, including some patients' challenges using the new technologies.
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 September 25, 2020 

What 15 Medical Specialties are Most Interested in Telehealth?
mHealth Intelligence

Doximity's annual report ranks the top 15 specialties interested in telehealth job listings, and reflects a growing interest in chronic care management and remote patient monitoring. 
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Payer Strategies for Home Healthcare, Remote Patient Monitoring
HealthPayer Intelligence

By implementing certain home healthcare and remote patient monitoring strategies, payers can boost their value-based care delivery. 
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New Bill Would Add Telehealth to Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
mHealth Intelligence

A bill filed by a group of Senators would expand the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program to include telehealth services, thus improving access to care for millions of people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 
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