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  • Payers, Telehealth Vendors Getting Value Out of Partnerships

    Healthcare DIVE

    Health insurers are increasingly looking to telemedicine to ease provider shortages, expand access to care, increase patient satisfaction and lower costs. With advances in data sharing, payers and telehealth companies are also making strides in managing patient populations to improve outcomes. Teladoc, the nation’s largest telehealth provider, is currently working with 28 health plans, including Aetna, Oscar and Blue Shield of California. Others, like RelayHealth and Cirrus MD, are also partnering with insurers. Sharing gaps-in-care data identified through claims data with telehealth providers can help to improve health and outcomes, says Nirmal Patel, CMO at Teladoc, the nation’s largest telemedicine provider. The Dallas-based firm has invested in technology to ensure flow of information between its virtual providers and a patient’s physical doctors and health plan. Today, 48 states and the District of Columbia provide some form of Medicaid payment for telehealth services, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Thirty-two states and D.C. offer some kind of private insurance policy.

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  • Telemedicine Is The Future Of Health Care

    The Daily Caller

    Between getting stuck in the waiting room and being probed with metal objects, a visit to the doctor’s office is rarely an enjoyable experience. Telemedicine is quickly changing that, becoming health care’s 21st century hero. One of greatest advancements in telemedicine is the development of telemedicine kiosks. Telemedicine kiosks are soundproof structures with large screens stationed inside, according to Amanda Guisbond, communications director for American Well — a company that creates telemedicine technology. The screen has a video interface, so that the patient can communicate by video with a physician without ever needing to schedule an in-office appointment. Patients have discretion in choosing the physician in their provider network from a list, which includes biographical information of each doctor.

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  • Alabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis Patients

    mHealth Intelligence

    Roughly a dozen home dialysis patients in Alabama now have their monthly checkups via telehealth, thanks to a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The pilot program, launched in March and funded by Baxter Healthcare, hopes to eventually serve 40 patients through community health clinics scattered across the state. It’s an important project in a state that – unlike most of its neighbors – doesn’t have a health insurance parity law in place, thus severely limiting reimbursable telehealth services. Via a telemedicine cart, nephrologists can have a face-to-face visit with a patient via video feed, checking for signs of infection, dehydration or swelling. There’s a Bluetooth-enabled stethoscope available to listen to the patient’s lungs and heart, and an on-site nurse can draw blood samples.

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