News and Reports
Business Insider: (7/5) – "I think that it is crystal clear that we need to continue telehealth," CMS Administrator Verma said in an interview with Business Insider. "I think in what capacity, how we do reimbursement, determining in what types of medicine it works best in — all of that is going to continue to evolve. But the case for telehealth is clear," she said.
FAIR Health: (7/6) – FAIR Health released April data finding that commercial telehealth claim lines increased 8,335% nationally from April 2019 to April 2020. The influence of COVID-19 was most pronounced in the Northeast at more than 26,000% increase. The Alliance is tracking COVID-19 telemedicine research and polling on our Studies & Reports page.
Fierce Healthcare: (7/6) – U.S. digital health companies raised $5.4 billion in venture funding across the first six months of 2020 – setting up for the largest funding year for digital health ever.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/7) – The Reliance Medical Group, a medical group located in New Jersey, has developed a telehealth platform with a 14-person staff that does everything from scheduling online appointments to researching the latest on CPT codes and reimbursement.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP): (7/7) – AHIP released a fact sheet highlighting telehealth growth during COVID-19. The fact sheet highlights growth in telehealth claims to private insurers, health plan examples and keys to sustained growth.
Fierce Healthcare: (7/7) – The American Academy of Family Physicians has teamed up with startup Suki to test a voice-enabled, AI-powered clinical digital assistant that helps with tedious documentation tasks when using electronic health record (EHR) systems. AAFP is looking to recruit 100 doctors to test out the voice assistant.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/8) – Walgreens announced a $1 billion partnership with VillageMD to open connected health clinics in as many as 700 locations across the country over the next five years.
The Washington Post: (7/9) – A primary care physician and director of population health for the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital recounts his experience with deploying telehealth tools during the COVID-19 pandemic and the disparities in access to vulnerable patients.
Fierce Healthcare: (7/9) – HHS Secretary Azar said during a Hill event that the Trump Administration will take regulatory steps to support the permanent expansion of telehealth services. "Telehealth is now an embedded part of the healthcare system. It has changed the nature of delivery. We’re going to do everything we can through regulations to keep the gains that we’ve had and to keep the patient and the doctor relationship in the center," he said. View a recording of the event here.
Fierce Healthcare: (7/9) – Doctor on Demand raised $75 million to build out its technology and invest in its virtual primary care and behavioral health platform.
Vivify Health: (7/9) – A new survey of healthcare consumers found that 70% of respondents say at least one of their providers offers telehealth – an increase from just 17% from last year’s survey. In addition, 79% of respondents reported they are interested in switching to providers who can accommodate virtual visits.