Breaking Down Next Gen ACO’s and the Telehealth Waiver

Posted by Michelle Hillock on 7/11/19 9:00 AM

Fierce Healthcare recently reported a study revealing 67% of physicians indicated their willingness to incorporate telehealth into their patients' care plans, a nearly 10% increase from just three years prior. The rapid increase confirms clinicians' preference for telehealth into patient care.


The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Next Generation ACO telehealth waiver allows for the expansion of telehealth implementation across the United States, regardless of geographic location. This article outlines the Next Generation ACO Model, the waiver, and the benefits they create.

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Topics: telehealth, insurance, telehealth reimbursement, policy, CMS

Using Telehealth to Treat Depression in Elderly Patients

Posted by Michelle Hillock on 6/25/19 7:00 AM

Depression can be caused by a number of environmental, social, and biological factors and shows different symptoms as we age. With the elderly population growing, it is important to understand the symptoms and treat them effectively. Enter telehealth.

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Topics: telehealth, engaging patients, behavioral health, mental health, aging, depression

Advancing Physical Therapy with Telehealth

Posted by Sandra Lee on 6/21/19 7:00 AM

“I don’t have to make sure my house is clean, or my hair is done and I have makeup on as when the physical therapist comes to the house. I can do my exercises in my housecoat.” - Yale School of Medicine Telerehabilitation Study Participant 

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Topics: telehealth, physical therapy, telerehabilitation, aging, surgery

Training Clinicians with Telehealth

Posted by Elizabeth Veringa on 6/18/19 11:48 AM

As the applications of technology in healthcare continue to grow, training for telemedicine must take center stage in the education of future clinicians.

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Topics: telehealth, communication, clinician engagement, clinician education

Treating COPD in Rural Communities with Telehealth

Posted by Michelle Hillock on 6/14/19 9:45 AM

In May, HRS published a blog post highlighting the role of telehealth in combating the social determinants of health such as physical environment, economic stability, education, and food insecurity. Today, HRS dives into the benefits of telehealth in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural communities with high rates of poverty.

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Topics: telehealth, COPD, population health, SDoH, rural communities

Bringing Health Care to School Children

Posted by Lauren Anderson on 6/13/19 11:00 AM

Telehealth programs are traditionally used to bring care to older patient populations who, for various reasons, have difficulty making frequent trips to the doctor. As the field grows, telehealth is becoming a viable care option for all age groups.


School-based telehealth programs keep the cost of care down, encourage students to engage in the healthcare field, and allow campuses to provide effective care to large student populations. These programs can decrease absenteeism and generate savings for low-income families.

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Topics: telehealth, mental health, population health, school-based telehealth

Making Strides in Prenatal Healthcare with Telehealth

Posted by Emma Brushaber on 6/7/19 11:05 AM

Reducing maternal morbidity and mortality rates has become a central objective of the United Nations (UN) as demonstrated through their millennium goals. The development of new technologies, like telehealth, is critical to the improvement of maternal and fetal health around the globe. 

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Topics: telehealth, population health, prenatal care

Remote Prescribing - The Role of Telehealth

Posted by Tess Meehan on 5/31/19 7:00 AM

In January, HRS published a blog post advocating for the use of remote prescribing to combat the opioid crisis and provide needed medications to patients struggling with opioid use disorders (OUDs). Today, HRS reviews the background of remote prescriptions and the role of telehealth to treat multiple conditions.   

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Topics: telehealth, mental health, addiction treatment, policy, legislation

Customizing Telehealth Monitoring for Patient Success: Marie's Telehealth Story

Posted by Anne Carle, RN on 5/28/19 9:20 AM

Anne Carle, RN, Telehealth Clinical Coordinator at Cornerstone VNA, shared with HRS a wonderful patient success story. In her own words, read her story below about customizing a patient's care plan through the use of telehealth. 



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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, engaging patients, patient success story, population health

The Role of Telehealth in Combating the Social Determinants of Health

Posted by Tess Meehan on 5/21/19 10:00 AM

According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), 80 percent of a persons health and well being can be tied to their physical environment, economic stability, education, and food insecurity; while merely 20 percent can be tied to their access and quality of care.


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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, population health, SDoH, rural communities

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