Measuring Telehealth: Laying A Consistent Foundation For Growth

Telehealth services, which unite technology with healthcare, health information, and health education, have grown substantially over the past 15 years and are expected to increase due to new reimbursement strategies for Medicare providers who offer telehealth services as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). With technology racing out in front of reimbursement policies, any cost savings, quality improvement, or increased access to care waited until now. Measuring telehealth may be the key unlocking a flood of benefits for payers.

Telehealth Payer Laws: Impact and Issues

Payers interested in the market potential of under-served rural populations long for consistent options for offering affordable policies without provider network limitations. The language policymakers use in telehealth legislation may deter provider networks from offering remote services and tying the hands of payers looking to broad service options, according to a the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP). The CCHP, with funding from the Milbank Memorial Fund, release a report covering the current state of telehealth payer laws.

Telemedicine Battles Opioid Epidemic

The nation’s addiction to prescription painkillers is hovering at epidemic levels. The CDC reported that in 2014 more than 14,838 people died from overdoses of drugs such as oxycodone. (cite). Providers are now forced to think of new and innovative ways to help stop the epidemic, which is tied closely to the opioid epidemic. Telemedicine has become a huge savior for many rural areas trying to fight drug related deaths and conditions.

3 Trends to Watch in Healthcare Information Management

The healthcare industry is rapidly growing: With innovations in medical tools and new successful procedures performed annually, there is no shortage of change. Just as vital to the industry are solutions that help manage the information of the millions of patients who visit each year. To keep up with the demand and to facilitate the process, adjusting healthcare information management practices is a necessity. Here are three trends that are being implemented.

The NCQA Welcomes 2 Important Vendors to the eMeasure Certification Program

The NCQA announced on November 24th that CECity.com, Inc. and Arcadia Solutions, two leading data vendors, would be participating in the new eMeasure Certification Program. According to the NCQA press release, this means Health Plans will now be able to obtain certified data from these two health IT vendors.

2015 Trends for Rural Hospitals and Rural Healthcare

According to the NC Rural Health Research Program there have been 56 rural hospital closures since 2010. The reasons behind the closures may vary but the message rings true, rural hospitals are struggling and something needs to be done. From difficulties implanting new HER systems to the re-evaluation of Medicare reimbursements, rural hospitals are looking for new ways to stay afloat. We’ve selected 4 trends that we’ve seen buzzing in the rural healthcare sector this year and that have been helping rural hospitals make the changes they need to succeed.

Why Digital Health Is Beneficial To Clinical Trials

In the world of healthcare, time is always of the essence. Researchers are continuously looking for new solutions to help improve patients’ well-being and ultimately save lives. The discovery process of new treatments takes an enormous amount of time and resources in order to generate good evidence to prove that they are safe and that it works. Throw in the ever increasing regulatory demands, and it could be decades before new medications and treatments can be available to patients who need them. The emergence of new digital health technologies will hopefully change this. Here are a few examples of how.

3 Health IT Infographics You Need To Read Today

There is no better way to end the week than with some great informative and beautifully designed infographics. This week's round up includes everything from Health IT trends to the trends of Health IT purchasing. Whether you are thinking about implementing ICD-10 or allocating resources for a new EMR/EHR system, these infographics are bound to get your brain moving. In some of our most recent blog posts we've touched on need-to-know telehealth terms and how to approach mobile health safety, so if you are interested take a look in our archives!

3 Big Healthcare Trends To Watch in 2015

If you read our post "Healthcare Top 5 Trends," you know know that healthcare trends from specialty pharmacy to accreditation have been gaining traction this year. We have been keeping an eye on three additional healthcare trends that we expect to hugely impact the healthcare industry through the end of the year and continuing on to 2016. From ICD-10 to telehealth, let's explore these important trends and what they mean for healthcare!

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