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Docs mull impact of telemedicine on patient interactions

As the role of telemedicine expands, doctors are considering what implications it will have on their interactions with patients.

Telehealth legislation seeks better coverage for chronically ill

Forthcoming legislation set to be introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) looks to expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine beyond what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed earlier this month in its update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Remote patient monitoring correlates with sharp drop in hospital charges

The number and length of hospitalizations, as well as hospital charges all significantly declined when rural and underserved heart failure patients were remotely monitored, according to research published online this month in  Telemedicine and e-Health.

Telecare improves chronic pain management

For patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain, telecare intervention may be a way to help them improve their pain score, according to newly published research.

CMS innovation awards look to bolster patient monitoring, health exchange

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its second batch of recipients in round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards program, bringing the total to $360 million handed out for organizations to test innovative care models.

CMS proposes expanded telehealth coverage for 2015

Annual wellness visits and psychotherapy are among four services the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to add to the list of services that can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries via telehealth, according to a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year issued late Thursday.

Home-care IT can leave patients with cognitive problems powerless

For all the ways that technology can help support patients in the home, it also holds the potential for exclusion and powerlessness, according to an article in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

VA telehealth efforts cut patient costs

Home-based telehealth programs help military service members receive better care at lower costs than fellow service members who only receive in-person care, according to figures touted this week by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials.

Industry groups to Congress: Telemedicine licensing 'out of date'

A pair of industry groups put pressure on Congress to update "out-of-date" licensing and reimbursement policies for telemedicine.

Provider: Lack of alignment between reimbursement, care quality holds telemedicine back

Despite the continued emergence of telemedicine as a way treat patients, hurdles such as outdated payment models continue to hinder its progress, according to one provider advocate.