Category: Healthcare

American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo Jonathan Linkous, CEO and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Congress There are currently 30 plus proposed bills before Congress and 2013 has been one of the biggest years for telehealth legislation. The most notable is the Harper Bill which has been previously discussed; the biggest emphasis is getting this bill to the Congressional Budget Office so they can provide their estimate as to the cost savings this bill provides. Telestroke is a major component which Linkous says can help revolutionize stroke care. Last year over 100,000 people who …

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The New Healthcare Model – Webinar

November 25, 2013, by Adam Kaiser in Healthcare, Webinars

Healthcare reform is quickly changing the face of medicine. With so many changes in regulations and insurance, the ability to not only deliver the highest quality of care, but doing so in the most efficient manner possible, is now more important then ever.  Collaborative care is transforming how patients are treated through the continuum of care. Join IVCi and Polycom on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 PM Eastern for an informative webinar covering the power of collaboration in the delivery of healthcare. In this session you will learn: How Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are redefining care coordination. The role visual collaboration can play in EHR …

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This Month in Telemedicine – mHealth

November 11, 2013, by Lindsey Ingram in Healthcare, Video Conferencing

American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo Jonathan Linkous, CEO and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Mobile Health Mobile Health is making much more than a dent in the telemedicine industry; $161 Million has been dedicated to mobile health from 43 different companies in the last quarter. This is a drastic increase compared to earlier in the quarter when only $42 Million was dedicated to mobile health. Currently the guidelines that involve mental health correspond with mobile health. ATA is currently in the process of doing an accreditation of mobile health care services online, and …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo, Jonathan Linkous, CEO, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Congress In the wake of the Government shutdown, Congress continues to debate several different legislative proposals and provisions. One aspect involves the repeal of the medical device tax which charges a 2.3% tax on all medical devices; including some telemedicine components. The provision to repeal this tax is on the table; however, Capistrant says while this is possible it is not probable. Bill HR 3077 was introduced by Congressmen Devin Nunez and Frank Pallone to allow providers with one …

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The Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a part of North Shore LIJ, strongly believes that art is a crucial aspect of children’s hospitals, as it creates an optimistic and constructive environment. This kind of environment allows children to open up their imagination and begin the healing process. As a result, they implemented an interactive virtual aquarium to entertain the children who are in the pediatric emergency waiting room. The inspiration of this theme came from Long Island’s very own ocean and shoreline to create a familiar setting for young children, making them feel more at home rather than in a hospital. A …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo, Jonathan Linkous, CEO, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Medicare Several weeks ago Medicare created its proposed rulemaking for the physician fee schedule, set to begin on January 1st, 2014. There have also been two major improvements proposed for telehealth. One is the expansion of the definition of a rural health shortage area. The purpose of this is to increase coverage of telehealth by allowing more areas to be considered metropolitan counties. This proposal will help the 104 counties that lost their telehealth coverage due to their …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo, Jonathan Linkous, CEO, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Federal Policy Summit On June 27, Linkous and Capistrant attended the Federal Policy Summit, a conference in which several issues regarding telemedicine were discussed. “It’s a great time to be having this Federal Telehealth Policy Summit, because we’re on the verge of an explosion of opportunities for telehealth, not necessarily things directly or specifically for telehealth but a lot of opportunities for change in the healthcare marketplace,” says Capistrant. Several key political figures attended the summit as well, …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy guys, Jonathan Linkous, CEO, and Gary Capistrant, senior director of public policy, are back with another monthly installment of This Month in Telemedicine. They’re predicting an additional 30 to 40 million Americans will be added to Medicaid roles by next year, and there are now 20 states looking to expand Medicaid coverage to accommodate this surge. Better start preparing now, says Linkous. “I think next year we’re going to see a whole different world, in a few short months it’s happening so the time to gear up is now,” he says. Funding Opportunity The Center for Medicare and Medicaid …

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April’s This Month in Telemedicine by the American Telemedicine Association, hosted as always by Jonathan Linkous, Chief Executive Officer, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy discussed state and federal updates, collaborations, and quality assurance. State Licensure Remains a Hot Topic Gary Capistrant went over the basic situation of licensure, including a proposal that would let Medicare recipients to (virtually) cross state lines for care but would impose a requirement that the patient and doctor have a previous relationship, i.e. an initial consultation in person has to occur. While some states do allow that a legitimate patient-doctor relationship can be established …

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This month’s telemedicine videocast from the American Telemedicine Association focused on a major change in the population tabulation that directly affects telemedicine reimbursement, as discussed by ATA’s CEO Jonathan Linkous and Gary Capistrant, senior director of public policy. Federal Policy Changes & Activity The hot topic was the re-designation of many counties from rural to metropolitan, which resulted in the loss of Medicare telehealth reimbursement. Due to a change to the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 97 counties newly designated as “urban” will lose reimbursement privileges because Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services is not available to populations in metropolitan areas. On the other …

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