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For decades now, we have been working together to advance telehealth and remove barriers to its utilization. One of our major areas of focus has been related to barriers created by outdated federal policies, most especially Medicare policy on reimbursement (or lack thereof) of telehealth. We have implored Members of Congress and federal agencies, primarily the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to see the value that we see in providing beneficiaries with patient-centered connected care. In 2018, Congress and CMS recognized our calls to action and provided our industry with a variety of new and unique opportunities to demonstrate the value ...
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The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has written a letter to commend MassHealth on their commitment to improving access to behavioral healthcare through telehealth while also make recommendations for small changes to their recent All Provider Bulletin 281 that would better align with telemedicine industry standards.  In January, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Office of Medicaid put out the bulletin of rules regarding behavioral health services through telehealth. While mostly positive, the bulletin included several sections that pose challenges for current telepsychiatry programs and providers. In ...
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ATA Endorses First-in-Class Blockchain in Healthcare Today and Telehealth and Medicine Today Peer Review Journals Partners in Digital Health (PDH) is pleased to announce the endorsement of its peer-review journals, Blockchain in Healthcare Today ( BHTY), and Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT) , by the American Telehealth Association (ATA). “These journals fill the gaps with editorial missions poised for the next frontier in health and care around the world,” stated Tory Cenaj, Founder, Partners in Digital Health.   BHTY is the  first international peer-review journal dedicated to blockchain and converging technologies in healthcare . ...
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ATA19  is unlike any other telehealth conference out there – and this year’s one-of-a-kind  educational program  will bring together a unique combination of payers, patients, practitioners, investors, and service providers to explore the rapidly evolving world of connected care.  With over 100 sessions covering a variety of pressing industry topics, the program   reflects this year’s theme, “the delivery experience is changing,” which emphasizes our shared commitment to accelerating healthcare transformation. Read a message from ATA CEO Ann Mond Johnson, and explore an unforgettable program you don’t want to miss. Early bird registration ...
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The ATA is pleased to announce that Bernard J. Tyson – chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente – has joined the lineup of inspirational and visionary speakers at the ATA19 Conference . Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to drive solutions that meet the need for affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare to improve the health of its members and the 67 million residents in its communities. The organization is bringing an industry-leading 21st-century approach to healthcare and coverage. Selected one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People , Tyson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with attendees. Register for ATA19 ...
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Join the next ATA webinar, "Telehealth Interoperability - Driving Choice, Continuity, and Scale"   to be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm EST. This webinar will explore the state of telehealth interoperability from the viewpoints of multiple key stakeholders—including providers, payers, vendors, and government agencies—to define the challenges and provide a focus on the drive toward industry-wide solutions. The panel will be moderated by Richard Bakalar, M.D., Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of ViTel Net, a pioneer in standards-based solutions across the telehealth continuum of care. Distinguished panel members include: ...
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In response to the mandate from H.R. 6, the ATA has convened a special workgroup from membership within its Telebehavioral Health Special Interest Group. The workgroup has developed five recommendations for how a special registration process could be structured to enable the safe prescribing of certain controlled substances via telehealth.  Section 3232 of the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 sets a deadline for the Attorney General to activate the provision for special registration for telehealth, as specified in the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection ...
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Dr. Joe Kvedar to Share Insights at ATA19 ATA is excited to announce that Dr. Joseph Kvedar – Vice President of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, Harvard Medical School Professor, published author and sought-after advisor – will be sharing his insights and experience at the ATA19 Conference and Exhibition . Internationally recognized for his leadership and vision, Dr. Kvedar is a luminary in the field of connected health. Register for ATA19 today and join thousands of healthcare professionals and leaders in New Orleans April 14-16, 2019 as they explore how telehealth is transforming healthcare delivery. ATA19 is the perfect opportunity ...
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We have extended the ATA19 Call for Submissions deadline until Wednesday, January 16, 2019 . Submissions will be evaluated for how well they present or demonstrate these key concepts in action and with tangible results and outcomes for specific populations including older adults, populations in value-based care models, veterans, vulnerable and disenfranchised populations, women and reproductive health, teens and young adults—and ideas of interest including solutions for rural communities, international work, cybersecurity, addiction, suicide, tele-behavioral health, decision support using artificial intelligence, data analytics, machine learning, ...
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Join thousands of healthcare professionals and leaders they come together in New Orleans, April 14-16 to explore how telehealth is transforming healthcare delivery. ATA19 is the perfect opportunity to attend thought-provoking sessions, network with your peers, find new business, raise your organization’s profile, and achieve greater brand visibility among those driving the telehealth profession. Register now   to take advantage of early pricing and group rates.   Submit a session proposal   for consideration as we build out an inspiring educational program. You can also   nominate   yourself, a peer, or a colleague for an ATA19 Award – help us recognize ...
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POLICY ALERT In February 2018, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA), which included a requirement that telehealth be allowed to be included as a basic benefit, rather than a supplemental benefit, in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program.  CMS proposed rules in November 2018 to implement this provision and is seeking comments due December 31. Increasing access to telehealth in the Medicare Advantage program is a win as ATA members strive to ensure that all populations have access to remote care. But what does this policy mean and how will it actually work when the proposed changes go into effect in 2020? This policy alert outlines the mechanics of ...
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Annapolis, MD / November 16, 2018  – ClearHealth Quality Institute TM  (CHQI), an independent health care accrediting body, revealed today the first group of organizations accredited under its new   Telemedicine Accreditation Program   (TAP) as well as a select list of organizations that are in the application process. As the only telemedicine or telehealth accreditation program backed by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the CHQI accreditation seal provides consumers with an easy-to-identify confirmation of quality from an independent third-party organization. Click here to read the full press release and see the first wave of organizations ...
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ATA Expands Payer Perspective of its Board of Directors For Immediate Release: November 15, 2018 Arlington, VA – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced recently that it has appointed Elizabeth Bierbower, Segment President at Humana Inc., and Robin Glasco, a healthcare innovator with over two decades of health insurance industry experience. With the addition of the new appointments, the ATA Board of Directors expands to sixteen members.  "Following an extensive search for qualified candidates, we are pleased to welcome Elizabeth and Robin to our board and look forward to the contributions they will make," said Andrew Watson, President ...
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Dictum Health Completes Integration With PointClickCare's EHR Platform Integration Improves Acute and Post-Acute Care Capabilities for TeleHealth Solution Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities Dictum Health Inc. – innovators in telehealth's Virtual Exam Room (VER) technology that brings the entire medical team to the point of care – integrated with PointClickCare, the market leader in cloud solutions for the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) and senior living market. The integration with PointClickCare’s electronic health record (EHR) platform enables physicians remotely assessing acute and post-acute patients to access patient data from anywhere, ...
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An Ask-the-Expert Conversation with Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS and Alan Pitt, MD Physicians understand better than almost anyone what their patients’ needs are, as well as the healthcare industry’s limitations in meeting those needs. Today, those limitations can often be met through the innovative development and application of technology, but is that a role that physicians can and should be undertaking? And what are the opportunities for the physician as innovator, both within large, establish health care organizations and in entrepreneurial ventures? At the ATA’s recent   EDGE18 Forum , Drs.   Lyle Berkowitz   and   Alan Pitt facilitated ...
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Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the ATA19 Conference & Expo to be held April 14-16, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.  ATA19 convenes thousands of healthcare leaders and is focused exclusively on telemedicine and virtual care. This year, ATA will celebrate 26 years of success gathering thousands of leaders committed to improving healthcare delivery. ATA19 is the perfect opportunity to find new business, raise your organization’s profile, and achieve greater brand visibility among those driving the telehealth profession. Take advantage of this opportunity to show your latest products and services to the industry's most influential ...
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Dictum Health and eMD Collaborate to Launch Telestroke Platform in Rural America, Creating New Standard of Care Tulane Health System and Rapides Regional Medical Center Support Stroke Patients at Allegiance Health Using Dictum Health's Stroke Platform OAKLAND, Calif., October 4, 2018 -   Dictum Health Inc., innovators in telehealth's Virtual Exam Room (VER) technology that brings the entire medical team to the point of care, and eMD Telehealth Solutions, a Louisiana-based telehealth company, announced today a collaborative launch of Dictum Health's Care Central Telestroke Module in several regional hospitals to support local healthcare providers ...
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Dr. Tarik Shaheen saw a need to expand mental healthcare, which inspired his Texas-based company Iris Telehealth.   “We partner with different healthcare systems across the country and we try and understand what their behavioral health needs are,” he said.  Iris Telehealth was one of the tour stops during the American Telemedicine Association’s annual fall conference. The company matches its clinicians to meet the needs of each community nationwide.  “We provide services in inpatient psychiatric hospitals,” Shaheen said. “We provide on-demand consults for hospital systems, so that would be any patient in the emergency room or med-surg that has a psychiatric ...
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Juhi Israni, MS, Adriane Lesser, MS, Michael Kurliand, RN, MHA, Zia Agha, MD, MPH, & Kelly J. Ko, PhD A paradigm shift is slowly occurring in the healthcare field, moving from incentivizing the volume of services delivered to rewarding value-based care for patients. 1 With the significant shortage of healthcare providers, our nation’s profound demographic shift (i.e., growing senior population) and the increasing number of doctors retiring from practice, transitioning to value-based care is becoming, if not already, one of the most pressing issues in healthcare today. 2 Given these circumstances, alternative delivery models are being explored to more ...
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Edge 2018 Will Highlight Emerging Best Practices in Telemedicine to Accelerate Delivery Model Innovation, New Program Design Initiatives, and Technology Implementation. The American Telemedicine Association, the leading global, member-based group uniquely focused on telemedicine, announced today its annual Fall conference will take place between September 26th and 28th in Austin, Texas.   The conference, Edge 2018, will highlight emerging best practices in telemedicine and virtual care , which are accelerating delivery model innovation, program design, and technology implementation. It will also feature industry luminaries, progressive healthcare ...
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