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Report from US GAO – Telehealth Use in Medicare and Medicaid

According to a recent report by the US GAO, telehealth faces several barriers, including inconsistent Medicare and Medicaid policies for payment. On July 20, the U.S. GAO published a web page and document titled “Telehealth Use in Medicare and Medicaid.” The US GAO telehealth report included several findings that confirm what we’ve observed in our U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. For example, the report noted that one

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AHA/​ASA Telestroke Guidelines: Key Takeaways for Your Program

Broadcast Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 In November 2016, the American Heart/Stroke Association published Telemedicine Quality and Outcomes in Stroke, a comprehensive set of telestroke guidelines created by a panel of the nation’s leading telestroke pioneers and thought leaders. These telestroke guidelines are likely to be incorporated into existing accreditation/certification standards for stroke centers. REACH Health has recruited some

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How REACH Telemedicine Software Supports AHA Telestroke Guidelines

AHA Scientific Statement on Telemedicine Contains Useful Telestroke Guidelines The American Heart/Stroke Association has released a Scientific Statement on Telemedicine, a set of helpful telestroke guidelines that provide suggestions for technology, process, patient and provider satisfaction – plus other valuable topics. This document was drafted by a panel internationally-recognized stroke experts, two of which are co-founders of REACH

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Data-​Driven Telemedicine

Optimizing Telemedicine Programs using Clinical and Performance Data Top performing networks rely on data-driven telemedicine to improve patient care, make key staffing decisions, identify opportunities for ongoing education, support community health initiatives and more. REACH Health has written this paper as the result of a four-month research project conducted with hospitals and healthcare systems using data from the REACH Health

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Psychiatric Boarding in the Emergency Department – Observations from ACEP

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) researched the issue of psychiatric boarding in the emergency department – and the results were concerning. Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 6, 2016, ACEP conducted an online poll of more than 26,000 emergency physicians, ultimately receiving more than 1,700 responses. To summarize the results (and paraphrase ACEP): psychiatric emergency patients are facing dramatically longer waits for care and

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Clinical Data: The Key to LionNet’s Success

How Penn State Hershey Leverages Clinical Data for Telemedicine Excellence While every telemedicine solution uses a secure AV connection, the ability to capture and leverage clinical data has emerged as a key differentiator among telemedicine programs. Penn State Hershey’s LionNet telestroke network was profiled in Healthcare Informatics. The article was written based on an interview with the talented Morgan Boyer, RN, who leads the

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Telemedicine a Growing Priority for Hospitals and Health Systems

Second annual survey examines telemedicine priorities, success factors, challenges ATLANTA – March 29, 2016 – Telemedicine continues evolving from a specialty-centric offering to a mainstream service, according to the results from the REACH Health 2016 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. Roughly two-thirds of respondents indicated that telemedicine was the top priority or one of the highest priorities for their healthcare

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Executive Summary of Telemedicine Industry Survey Findings

During late November and December 2015, REACH Health conducted the 2016 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey among healthcare executives, physicians, nurses and other professionals throughout the United States. Three hundred ninety (390) individuals participated in the survey, which represents a 67% increase from the 2015 survey. Participants provided input related to their priorities, objectives and challenges, telemedicine

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Telemedicine Reimbursement a Challenge in 2016

Telemedicine reimbursement is in a state of flux, with legislation regarding parity pay on the docket in a few states. In fact, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy, there were more than 200 telehealth related bills introduced in 42 states in 2015. Many states are making telemedicine reimbursement comparable to that for in-person health care services. However, Medicare still limits telehealth reimbursement to certain modalities,

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Telemedicine Technology Trends for 2017

Telemedicine technologies are evolving rapidly, enabling better care, greater patient access and the promise of bending the healthcare cost curve. REACH Health, a leading provider of enterprise telemedicine solutions, has identified five key technology trends for the coming year, each promising benefits for providers and patients. “Telemedicine has evolved dramatically over the past few years, and providers have come to realize the profound

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