Telemedicine News Brief

ATA Telemedicine News Brief
The following news items come from the most recent edition of the ATA Telemedicine News Brief, a weekly email digest of the most important news in telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth and remote medical technology. Gathered from leading press sources and industry journals, the News Brief is your one sources for all the top news of the week.

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Jul 16, 2014
Attendees at the 2014 Fall Forum in Palm Springs, California, will be focusing on issues related to chronic disease management. Among the most important considerations for administrators and clinicians is identifying appropriate existing and emerging technologies that increase ROI. Join ATA and hundreds of healthcare providers who are keen to address this important healthcare challenge.
Jul 16, 2014
The face of telemedicine is changing state by state! If you've been following our tweets and state policy tracker, then you know that telehealth bills are moving in Hawaii, New York, and Rhode Island. Join us next Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss these and other state policy developments. ATA member Neil Herendeen from the University of Rochester Medical Center will also join us to give us his take on the New York telehealth parity bill that's on the governor's desk.
Jul 16, 2014
Join us next Thursday. July 24, noon-1 p.m. ET for the Canada Coast to Coast Webinar series, sponsored by the ATA Canadian Discussion Group. This webinar will be presented by Beverly Mitchell, the director of telehealth and community care solutions for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Jul 16, 2014
ATA will launch an accreditation program for providers of online, direct-to-consumer healthcare consultations in the fall. The program confers ATA's official recognition of providers who meet the guidelines that are supported by validated, impartial research of online medical services and an assessment of practices by existing providers. We invite you to take a few moments to complete a three-minute survey regarding online patient consultation services and be entered for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card.
Jul 16, 2014
Over at mHealth News sister site Healthcare Finance News, Managing Editor Stephanie Bouchard reports that the proposed regulations — which are primarily focused on how much CMS pays for home health services — include a brief but important mention of telehealth.
Jul 16, 2014
The push to blanket much of rural North Carolina with telepsychiatry coverage gained another boost recently when the Duke Endowment approved an additional $1.5 million for the initiative. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will get $800,000 this year and $700,000 in 2015 for its Office of Rural Health and Community Care.

Related article: Editorial: Telepsychiatry contribution will help improve mental healthcare (Winston-Salem Journal)
Jul 16, 2014
More than 20 South Carolina hospitals are participating in the program, and psychiatrists have performed about 19,700 video examinations. According to a study by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the program has reduced the frequency of hospital readmissions and involuntary commitments. It also has improved compliance with follow-up treatments, and patient participation in drug and alcohol rehabilitation has doubled.
Jul 16, 2014
Missouri state Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, and the University of Missouri want to bring healthcare treatment to the patient, not the other way around. With the help of the university, Franklin passed legislation to bring Project ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, to the Show-Me state, allowing specialists to mentor primary-care physicians via interactive teleconferencing.
Jul 16, 2014
In a major expansion of telemedicine, some health insurers are letting millions of patients be seen online. In virtual visits, doctors in some states can prescribe drugs for anything from sinus infections to back pain.
Jul 16, 2014
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ATA Telemedicine News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ATA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.