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Healthcare orgs ask CBO, MedPAC to use alternative data to evaluate telemedicine use for Medicare

Healthcare organizations, in a letter Monday, called on the Congressional Budget Office and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to use alternative data sources to create cost estimates and analysis of telemedicine use in Medicare.

American Well to allow users to search for docs through online marketplace

Telehealth company American Well announced this week it will soon allow health plan users to choose from a menu of doctors through an online marketplace.

ATA16: VA to establish five new telemental health resource centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs is banking on the promise of telemedicine to improve access to care, announcing this week five new resource centers dedicated to the services.

Med schools don't prepare students for today's healthcare, writes doc

Medical schools can prepare future physicians to better care for patients if they include courses that address the social issues that impact patients' health and how to engage with patients through telemedicine, says a resident physician at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.

Accuracy of remote dermatology care concerns researchers

A study of direct-to-consumer telemedicine services published this week in  JAMA Dermatology  raises troubling questions about the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.

Mercy Virtual teams up with Penn State to bolster ICU monitoring

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will soon work with Chesterfield, Missouri-based Mercy Virtual on virtual monitoring for the medical center's intensive care unit.

Telemental health services bridge gaps in care, but regulatory issues a barrier

Telemental health helps to bridge the gaps that exist in providing mental health services to patients, but there are many barriers to providing such services, according to a survey of telemental health laws in all 50 states by law firm Epstein Becker Green.

Telemedicine helps solve recruitment problems, improves access for Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service is using telemedicine as a way to solve staffing problems and bring in specialists at its rural facilities.

Docs question quality of 'no-touch' telemedicine services

Some physicians are questioning the role of telemedicine in care, wondering if "no-touch" services work in all cases.

Teledermatology boosts access to care for Medicaid patients

By offering virtual dermatology and Medicaid coverage, the number of patients who saw a dermatologist nearly doubled, according to a new RAND Corp. study, illustrating how virtual care can increase patient access to specialists.