Telemedicine

Telemedicine coverage laws often confusing to providers, experts say

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State telemedicine laws may leave healthcare providers in a state of billing confusion over what services are covered, some observers say.

Ask the Legal Expert about ... telemedicine

Ask the Legal Expert about ... telemedicine

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What are your thoughts on the rising attention given to telemedicine? Are we more at risk, using clinicians miles away and viewing resident conditions and records off-site? What precautions or pre-conditions to adopting it should we take?

Telemedicine solution expands

Telemedicine solution expands

UPMC Enterprises has started Curavi Health as a company providing a new telemedicine solution and physician care for nursing homes.

Telemonitoring savings are not significant, study finds

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Despite new research suggesting that a majority of U.S. adults - 56% - now embrace using a connected device at home to monitor health and share data with caregivers, telemedicine may not be the savior some forecast it to be, according to a study by Mayo Clinic and Purdue University scientists.

Telemedicine too complicated for LTC? Don't tell this guy

Telemedicine too complicated for LTC? Don't tell this guy

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Isn't it funny how something can't be done until someone comes along and does it?

Expanding telemedicine definitions

Expanding telemedicine definitions

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The quickest, and most dangerous, way to dismiss the concept of telemedicine in long-term care is to envision it as a physician or nurse sitting in front of a computer with an elderly resident on the other side. Wrong, just like the notion that telemedicine probably isn't for you.

Medline Industries partners with Telemedicine Solutions

Medline Industries announced a partnership with Telemedicine Solutions and the WoundRounds wound management solution.

Expanding horizons to include telemedicine in skilled nursing facilities

Expanding horizons to include telemedicine in skilled nursing facilities

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the author described how hospitals are using interactive video to give patients more access to medical care. So why not nursing homes?

Spacely Sprockets and the future of medical care

Spacely Sprockets and the future of medical care

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So does anyone remember the cartoon "The Jetsons"? You know, George and Jane, daughter Judy, son Elroy and, of course, the dog, Astro. It's kind of fun to see how their 1960s and 1980s syndicated views of the futureare turning out. (I love Nick at Nite).

Telemedicine reduces nursing homes' hospital readmissions if staff engagement is high, researchers find

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Skilled nursing facilities that implement a telemedicine service and teach staff to use it could reduce their hospital readmissions, but current payment systems do not encourage this, according to a forthcoming study in Health Affairs.

Reducing readmissions: Physician services enabled by telemedicine in SNFs

Reducing readmissions: Physician services enabled by telemedicine in SNFs

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When a resident of a skilled nursing facility has an acute event after hours or on weekends, the on-site nurse will generally call the patient's primary care physician. Over the telephone, the nurse will attempt to describe the resident's condition to his or her physician. Then the physician, in the middle of his Saturday at the zoo with his family, or at 3 a.m. (still trying to wake up), has to make a judgment call about whether the resident needs to go to the hospital.

Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis uses AlixaRx system to reduce antipsychotics, earning the SNF a top McKnight's tech award

Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis uses AlixaRx system to reduce antipsychotics, earning the SNF a top McKnight's tech award

From reducing off-label use of antipsychotics to better antibiotic stewardship, medication management is at the forefront of today's long-term care challenges. And Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis is in the vanguard of facilities tackling this challenge in innovative ways. For this, the skilled nursing facility received top honors in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology awards.

Limits on telehealth will stay, CMS says

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Medicare will stick with reimbursing only one telehealth visit per month for skilled nursing facility residents, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Limits on nursing home telemedicine will stand, CMS announces

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Medicare will continue to reimburse only one telehealth visit per month for skilled nursing facility residents, according to a recent proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The proposed physician fee schedule for 2014 seeks to expand telehealth in other healthcare settings.

I couldn't live without ... eSNF telemedicine solution

I couldn't live without ... eSNF telemedicine solution

Recognizing the need to bring down hospital readmissions, AristaCare turned to eSNF's telemedicine solution a year ago. In seven out of 10 cases in which eSNF is used, an admission is avoided, says Steve Piszar, vice president of managed care and physician services at AristaCare.

Medicare payment reforms need to be based on more than geography, IOM says

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States should allow a broader scope of practice among healthcare providers to improve access to care, rather than have the federal government base Medicare payment adjustments around geographic locations, an Institute of Medicine analysis says.

Growth seen for telemedicine, diabetes management

Telemedicine will play a much larger role in healthcare during 2012, according to a recent report from Euro RSCG. Among its growing uses: remote monitoring of chronic conditions, transmitting scans and tests for analysis -- and real-time interaction via teleconsultations. The158-page report also sees governments paying more attention to diabetes management. "The transformation of health will continue to accelerate, getting bigger as companies scale beyond traditional borders," said Larry Mickelberg, a spokesman for Havas Worldwide Health. "We have the opportunity to marry these new streams with more traditional health communications and power better health experiences," he noted.

Test program connects depressed nursing home residents with geriatric psychologists

A pilot study in one Rhode Island health system is testing a telemedicine system to improve depression in nursing home rehabilitation residents.

Survey: E-prescribing systems on the rise in nursing homes

Survey: E-prescribing systems on the rise in nursing homes

Most facility operators responding to a new survey say that their next technology-related purchase will be an e-prescribing system. That's according to findings relayed in yesterday's McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast, "Surveying the technology landscape."