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CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) released a ruling last Friday announcing finalized payment rates for providers and services within the Medicare program. Within this lofty document included rules expanding the range of telemedicine services that can be reimbursed under Medicare. Amongst these provisions, CMS created new codes for remote chronic care management and remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions. They also added seven more procedure codes for telemedicine encounters, including annual wellness visits, psychotherapy services and prolonged visit reporting codes. In the announcement by the American Telemedicine Association, CEO Jonathan Linkous praised the ruling and said “It has been …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. How Video Conferencing Improves Businesses One of the biggest challenges businesses face today is when workforces, suppliers, and customers are often dispersed over great distances. One must balance the advantages of personal interaction and collaboration while keeping costs under control. The use of online videos is rapidly being adopted for both B2B and customer service use Unleash the Power of Captured Video at Work With a dispersed workforce in an increasingly competitive landscape, valuable data needs to be shared faster and knowledge sharing can no longer be contained to four walls. Experts …

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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 for the month of October. What’s New with ATA The ATA is continuously developing a set of comprehensive standards and guidelines for telemedicine. Most recently the ATA produced practice guidelines for intensive care units that were approved by the Society of Critical Care and Medicine, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Additionally the ATA Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology were approved by the Digital Pathology Association. The ATA is currently working on guidelines for the following; telestroke, pediatrics and mental …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 3 Tips for Better Speech Intelligibility Workers are less productive when their meetings are peppered with “Can you repeat that?” Ditto for students, who don’t learn as well when they strain to hear classmates and the instructor. But when an audio system maximizes speech intelligibility in a room, everyone benefits. For example, in classrooms, intelligibility facilitates what’s called “secondary learning.” Take Advantage of Mobile Cloud. What Are You Waiting For? As organizations seek ways to maintain real-time connections with their workforce and customers in an increasingly digital and mobile-centered world, the growth …

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The American Telemedicine Association’s Senior Director of Public Policy, Gary Capistrant, and Director of State Policy Latoya Thomas, joined together to discuss several telehealth bills and regulations as well as state policy developments for the month of September. What’s New with ATA The ATA is scheduled to launch an Accreditation Program recognizing US and Canadian Organizations who provide direct or online healthcare consultations that meet specific standards for online healthcare consultants online patient care programs.   This program will launch in November. ATA members will receive an invitation to pre-register during the month of October. Congress: Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Video Conferencing in the Cloud Over the years, the business industry has adopted video conferencing as a viable and efficient means of communication-B2B and otherwise. There are a number of advantages that are apparent, but one of the foremost benefits of video conferencing is the reduced “face-to-face” time needed to travel and meet with prospective clients. Aside from that, adopting a cloud-based video conferencing can also trigger an increase in employee productivity, as well as create a portal for global communication. How the Cloud has Revolutionized Video Conferencing for Business Video conferencing …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. How video conferencing in the cloud can transform business collaboration As confidence to deliver services and applications in the cloud gathers pace, video conferencing as a service (VCaaS) is starting to evolve. With the benefits of video conferencing clear to businesses – including a reduction in travel time, improved workforce productivity, better global links and accessibility – the infrastructure cost and maintenance aspect is still a sticking point for many, making it an unviable option. But with the rise of VCaaS and video delivered via the cloud, companies can now …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Video conferencing in the cloud takes business collaboration to new heights. As confidence to deliver services and applications in the cloud gathers pace, Video Conferencing as a Service (VCaaS) is starting to evolve. According to recent research from Wainhouse Research, the number of solutions available in this space has grown drastically, with many based on technology platforms that were not available until 2013. With the rise of VCaaS and video delivered via the cloud, businesses can now take better advantage of video to transform their business without the high price tag. Show …

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Skype, owned by Microsoft, recently announced that it will be making its Group Video Calling (GVC) service free of charge for Windows desktop, OS X and the Xbox One. Additional platforms, such as Windows Phone, Android, and iOS, will be added in the future according to Phillip Snalune, Skype’s General Manager of Consumer Product Marketing. GVC can support up to ten people on PC & Mac computers making Skype more competitive with Google Hangouts along with making it a more viable alternative for business looking to get into video. This, in conjunction with improved bandwidth and cameras will help blur the …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.  New hardware Solutions, New Investment, What Does it Mean to Industry The video collaboration world has reached another interesting inflection point.  The market has shown that there is an experience threshold to deliver effective remote video collaboration – recall the rapid doubling of the video market between 2006 and 2008 when HD video became possible across a range of platforms. It is also clear that high quality experience delivers both dramatic productivity increases as well as significant business growth opportunities. Top 5 Tips to Collect and Protect Tacit Knowledge with Video An organization’s most …

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