Update on CMS Payment Decisions - Two Steps Forward, One Back
Nov 07, 2014
On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced the latest decisions of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) regarding funding for remote patient services. As announced, starting in January 2015 CMS agreed with ATA’s prior request to reimburse, as a telehealth service, seven new covered services for telehealth including annual wellness visits, psychotherapy services, and prolonged services in the office.
Apple’s New Health Products are Major Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare
Sep 09, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) recognizes Apple's new technology including its Health app, HealthKit and Apple Watch as major disruptive innovations in healthcare. The new products demonstrate how advanced telecommunications can be used to transform the delivery of health services by allowing consumers to seamlessly monitor their own health and fitness information, and ultimately share the data with their health providers.
States Graded on Telemedicine Policy
Sep 08, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today released two critical state policy reports which identify gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure. These first-of-their-kind reports identify and compare state policies on a report card, assigning each state grades ranging from A-to-F based on telemedicine reimbursement and physician practice standards.
American Telemedicine Association Issues Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology
Aug 28, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has released a new set of practice guidelines addressing clinical applications for telepathology. Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology provides recommendations on specific applications, practices, benefits, limitations, and regulatory issues that may arise in the practice of telepathology. The guidelines will help shape a major component of 21st century healthcare. Various market estimates have valued the market for digital pathology and telepathology at over $2 billion globally.
Multi-Billion Dollar Market Using Technology for Chronic Care Highlighted at Palm Desert, California Forum
Aug 13, 2014
An upcoming forum will identify ways telecommunications technology will soon help solve a rapidly growing problem overwhelming healthcare. Key stakeholders from throughout the U.S. will gather Sept. 6-9, 2014, in Palm Desert, Calif., to showcase validated, proven approaches to reduce costs, improve quality and expand access for the nation’s 130 million patients suffering from chronic illnesses.
ATA Applauds Bill on Medicare Telemedicine Improvements
Aug 01, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) lauds Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Gregg Harper (R-MS), and Peter Welch (D-VT), for their latest actions to introduce H.R. 5380, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014, which improves telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
ATA Applauds Senators’ Push for Federal Telemedicine Improvements
Jul 30, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today announced its appreciation to U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) for their efforts to push for improvements in telemedicine coverage under Medicare, Medicaid and Federal Communications Commission programs.
American Telemedicine Association Welcomes Two New Members to the Board of Directors
Jul 30, 2014
Naomi Fried, PhD, and Alexis Gilroy, JD, have recently joined the Board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). The Board provides guidance for the Association, which has a mission to promote professional, ethical and equitable improvement in healthcare delivery through telecommunications and information technology.
ATA seeks speakers to present at the world’s largest telemedicine, mHealth and telehealth conference
Jul 23, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is seeking presenters for ATA 2015, ATA’s twentieth annual meeting and tradeshow focused exclusively on telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth. The meeting, expected to attract over 5,000 attendees and more than 250 cutting-edge healthcare technology vendors, will take place May 3-5, 2015, in Los Angeles.
American Telemedicine Association launches online Telemental Health Course
Jun 20, 2014
Delivering Online, Video-Based Mental Health Services, is a new course now available through the Learning Center of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Created by leaders in mental health and telemedicine, the course covers the essential components to successfully plan and implement an online mental health service.