Telemedicine Helps States Stay Ahead of Health Care Reform

After two years of questions and debate the Supreme Court has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) stands .  The decision made in June ensures that more than 31 million previously uninsured Americans will be able to obtain health coverage by 2019….but how does that affect telemedicine? As states expand Medicaid and [...]

By | August 6th, 2012|Clinical, Real World Examples|0 Comments

The Value Proposition of Telehealth

Does Telehealth bring value? If so, how much? In what way? What's the trade off? If you've worked in telemedicine or telehealth for any length of time you might know countless examples of how the technology has helped patient outcomes, saved time and money for patients and providers and improved access to care. But do [...]

By | June 12th, 2012|Clinical|0 Comments

Tele-Stroke in Arkansas, 2012 Annual Conference

Stroke in Arkansas continues to take lives everyday -- but thanks to the tremendous team of AR SAVES (Stroke Assitance through Virtual Emergency Support) those numbers continue to shrink.  Arkansas is no longer the first in the nation for stroke deaths!!  May is National Stroke Awareness month and the Center for Distance Health did not [...]

By | May 18th, 2012|Clinical, Real World Examples|0 Comments


Click here to view the recording from April 19 for a presentation about Telehealth in Emergency Medicine. Dr. John McCarter, MD from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) will lead the discussion. His talk is titled, "Utilizing Telemedicine to Expand Emergency Care in Rural Mississippi." UMMC has become a leader in Tele-Emergency [...]

By | April 11th, 2012|Clinical|0 Comments

Telehealth Reimbursement – UPDATE

Reimbursement is usually the first or second question that people ask us at LearnTelehealth.org.  I wish there were one place to go for resources on telehealth reimbursement but there’s not. Reimbursement varies from state-to-state and from payor-to-payor. There’s no federal requirement for private insurance to reimburse for telehealth yet. To that end, I give you [...]

By | April 4th, 2012|Clinical, Growing Your Program|4 Comments

mHealth Landscape for 2012 (Part 2)

(continued from mHealth Landscape for 2012 part 1) The Provider While it may be a mobile application developer's dream to stay "connected", this isn't necessarily the goal of many physicians. They like being disconnected for a time rather than easily accessible to their patients through emails or texts or some new mHealth app that increases [...]

By | January 18th, 2012|Clinical, General, Technology|0 Comments

mHealth Landscape for 2012 (Part 1)

The mHealth 2011 summit provided those of us new to mHealth with a broad overview of the landscape and what to look for in 2012. They have gratefully provided online videos of several presentations that you may also access at this link. I'll be jotting down some notes as I watch several of these and [...]

By | January 5th, 2012|Clinical, General, Technology|0 Comments

Let’s Help Give Nursing Homes A Better Name with Telemedicine

When I mention Nursing Homes does top-notch care come to mind?  Probably not.  Nursing Homes (and Assisted Living Centers) have suffered from a lot of bad press in recent years.  From sub-standard care to poor regulation and management to downright dangerous and deadly conditions for its residents, it’s time for nursing homes to improve.  Telemedicine [...]

By | October 12th, 2011|Clinical, Real World Examples|0 Comments

What Will Happen with Telemedicine Reimbursement?

"One thing you can never forget is that this is about providing the best outcomes that are evidence-based for the patient. "   Chasing reimbursement for telemedicine is somewhat like pushing the elevator button once it’s lit. It may not get the elevator there any quicker, but it makes you feel like you are at [...]

By | August 1st, 2011|Clinical, Growing Your Program|1 Comment

Final Ruling on Credentialing & Privileging of Telehealth Providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made a bold statement in support of telemedicine by streamlining the credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers delivering services to Medicare hospitals. Eliminating the red tape By simplifying how hospitals and non-hospital providers privilege doctors who remotely treat patients, CMS has lowered the administrative burden of [...]

By | May 9th, 2011|Clinical|0 Comments