News and Reports
The Hill: (4/26) – Fears and anxiety about COVID-19 are highlighting the need for mental health care – an area telehealth is well suited to contribute to. However, laws, insurance coverage and public infrastructure need to catch up.
mHealthIntelligence: (4/26) – Dental care providers are seeking out telehealth to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teledentistry sites have offer some suggestions on how to shift services online.
Letter to FCC: (4/27) - The ADA sent a letter to FFC Chairman Pai to include dental practices in the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. ADA commented that video conference is an effective way to screen dental emergencies but said many dentists are facing economic burdens and need access to FCC funds in order to afford teledentistry costs.
Kaiser Health News: (4/27) – Cost-free telemedicine is not proceeding as smoothly as some had hoped – likely to a fragmented healthcare system – which encompasses insurers, state regulators and thousands of independent doctor practices.
CNBC: (4/27) - UnitedHealth Group’s Optum is in advanced talks to acquire virtual therapy provider AbleTo for roughly $470 million, at a time when telehealth is more in demand than ever.
HealthTech: (4/27) – Remote patient monitoring tools provide a range of benefits including helping providers track data, curb readmissions and improve outcomes after a patient’s discharge. According to a recent report, 88 percent of healthcare providers have invested in – or are evaluating – RPM technologies to support high-risk, chronically ill patients at risk for hospital readmission.
STAT News: (4/29) – Telemedicine during the pandemic is more than just a convenience for patients in rural areas with chronic conditions – and patients are finding they need telehealth expansions to stay.
American Medical Association: (4/29) – AMA’s Senior Assistant Director for Federal Affairs said that there will be changes in the practice of telemedicine and AMA is, “definitely going to be pushing for some of these new [telehealth] policy flexibilities to remain in place.”
mHealthIntelligence: (4/29) – Christiana Care, one of the first to receive funding from the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, is using the money to purchase RPM devices and data plans, expand telehealth services in underserved parts of Delaware and ensure broadband infrastructure for a home-based connected health program.
The Hill: (4/30) – During a virtual event, Reps. Matsui (D-CA) and Johnson (R-OH) highlighted the benefits of telehealth and expressed their support for enhanced access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
BioSpace: (4/30) – Current Health is launching a collaboration with Mayo Clinic to develop RPM solutions to accelerate the detection of COVID-19 positive patients and predict symptom and disease severity.
Morning Consult: (4/30) – An op-ed suggesting CMS make policy changes to allow American seniors to access physical therapy services via telehealth – with authority provided by the CARES Act.
STAT Morning Rounds: (5/1) – A new AARP poll found that 96 percent of the nearly 2,800 respondents support having nursing homes and other long-term care facilities enable video visits so residents could keep in touch with family – suggesting that older adults are increasingly supportive of virtual technologies.