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Remote Prescribing - The Role of Telehealth

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 31, 2019 7:00:00 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

The Role of Telehealth in Combating the Social Determinants of Health

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 21, 2019 10:00:00 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

HRS Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2019

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 16, 2019 11:35:00 AM

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winners is available here. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the September 30 issue.

 

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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, news

BREATHE Act Proposes Creation of Telehealth Pilot Program for COPD Patients

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

On May 7, four congressmen introduced the Better Respiration through Expanded Access to Tele-Health (BREATHE) Act into the US House of Representatives. The BEATHE Act proposes a three-year pilot program allowing qualified respiratory therapists to use a telemedicine platform to deliver healthcare services to select Medicare recipients with COPD. 

 

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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, COPD, policy, legislation, CMS

HRS Telehealth Advancement Conference Delivers Innovative Ideas

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 7, 2019 5:45:00 AM
User Group Recap

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), a telehealth and remote patient software company, hosted its inaugural Telehealth Advancement Conference this past week. The Conference focused on facilitating the spread telehealth best practices, maximizing cost savings, and the future of telehealth reimbursement.

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, telemedicine, video conferencing, behavioral health, pregnancy, population health, EMR

Creating a Care Continuum in Hypertension Management using Telehealth

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 1, 2019 5:30:00 AM

Hypertension - high blood pressure - is a common condition in which the pressure of one’s blood against their artery walls is too great and makes one’s heart work harder to pump blood eventually hardening their arteries. Over time, hypertension can lead to renal disease, heart disease, and kidney failure.

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, chronic disease

Utilizing Telehealth to Improve Home Dialysis

Posted by Tess Meehan on Mar 20, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Of the nearly 500,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing dialysis, only 12 percent receive dialysis in-home despite it being preferable and cost-effective to both patients and payers.[i]  In a recent speech to kidney disease patients and advocates, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, stated that Medicare was making a concerted effort to expand the utilization of At-Home Dialysis, including expanding telehealth services.

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, video conferencing, ESRD, telehealth reimbursement, medicare

Telehealth Grant Funding Expands

Posted by Tess Meehan on Feb 27, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Over the past several months, significant changes surrounding telehealth and its role in healthcare have taken place. Changes include, CMS’ new, more generous reimbursement policies and several state laws spurring the progression of telehealth programs to address the opioid crisis. These changes reflect the greater movement towards telehealth as an affordable option to improve healthcare access and quality of care. To meet the rising demand for telehealth services, federal and state agencies, as well as nongovernmental organizations, have expanded their grant funding for telehealth programs.

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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, mental health, addiction treatment, substance abuse disorders

CMS Makes Essential Changes to Dialysis Reimbursement

Posted by Tess Meehan on Jan 16, 2019 9:36:50 AM

In March, Health Recovery Solutions published a blog post on the potential of telehealth to disrupt the current system of treatment for those living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The post highlighted several aspects of ESRD treatment, including: the cost of treatment to Medicare and other payor agencies, the preference of patients and families to receive treatment at home, and the need to increase engagement between patients and clinicians. Today, we revisit the utilization of telehealth to treat ESRD patients in the wake of recent CMS reimbursement changes.

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Topics: kidney disease, telehealth reimbursement, medicare

Solving the Opioid Crisis Using Telemedicine

Posted by Tess Meehan on Jan 3, 2019 5:00:00 AM

In recent years, the use of opioids has skyrocketed, drawing attention from all levels of government across the country. In 2016, the opioid-related overdose deaths reached an all-time high of over 42 thousand, prompting President Trump to declare a public health emergency.[i]

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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, substance abuse disorders