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  • Penn Medicine Launches New Telehealth Hub as Interest in Virtual Services Mounts Nationwide

    FierceHealthcare

    Building on longstanding efforts to integrate virtual care into the ICU, Penn Medicine has launched the Center for Connected Care, which will count itself among the largest telehealth hubs in the country.  Featuring 50 full-time employees and offering 24/7 care, the new center houses the system’s 15-year-old e-ICU, virtual urgent care services, a telehealth program design to treat chronically ill patients at home and a service that links obstetricians to trauma surgeons for critically injured pregnant women. The center will be the largest telehealth hub in the  region, the health system said in an announcement.  “Patients today increasingly expect to engage with healthcare providers with the same clickable convenience as buying holiday gifts online or ordering a ride-sharing service from their phone,” Penn Medicine’s Chief Medical Information Officer C. William Hanson, III, M.D., said in the release, adding that telemedicine is part of the system’s strategic growth. “Our telehealth services make it easy for patients to get the care they need where they need it.”  The new center pulls together established programs like the e-ICU, with a newer home telehealth initiative that can provide posthospitalization remote monitoring for 160 patients each. That program has reduced readmissions by 35%.

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  • Senate Panel Signs off on Telehealth Measure

    News Service of Florida

    A Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a telehealth measure focused on allowing doctors and other health-care providers to use technology to remotely provide care to patients. Sen. Aaron Bean, a Fernandina Beach Republican who has filed telehealth legislation for the past four years, joked with members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services that “the fifth time is the charm” before the panel signed off on the bill (SB 280). Lawmakers in recent years have repeatedly tried to agree on a framework for what’s allowable and what’s not. The Senate proposal contains some of the recommendations included in a report by the Telehealth Advisory Council, such as requiring health-care practitioners who provide care through telehealth to be licensed. The bill also includes the advisory council’s recommendation to ban the use of telehealth for prescribing controlled substances to treat chronic or nonmalignant pain or to certify patients for medical marijuana treatment.

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  • Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

    Health Care Law Today

    The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018.  But telehealth providers, hospitals, and entrepreneurs need to cut through the hype and understand what the provisions will really do for telehealth.  This article summarizes the key takeaways and insights on how the recent legislation will benefit the telehealth industry.

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