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Patients wary of telemedicine, distrust virtual diagnosis

Patients responding to a recent survey said they would be less likely to use telemedicine services compared to an in-person visit with a physician.

How telemedicine aids Mercy Health's efforts to improve care

Telemedicine is a three-legged stool that includes not only technology, but also improving access to healthcare and managing reimbursement issues, Mercy Health's chief medical information officer Stephen Beck, M.D.,  writes  at  HIT Consultant.

Insurers see financial value in telemedicine services

Insurers increasingly, albeit slowly, cover telemedicine services for their members in an effort to save money and increase care coordination, reports  Managed Care. "In five years, this will just be a common way people get care," John Jesser, Anthem's vice president of provider engagement and cost of care, told the magazine.

Telemedicine's rapid rise: Examining the factors

Mobile technologies and an increased push by states demanding coverage from insurance companies for telemedicine have prompted rapid growth in the industry, even as sluggishness from Medicare on the issue looms.

21st Century Cures Act sails through House

The 21st Century Cures Act has sailed through the House with a vote of 344-77.

Medicare telehealth parity bill reintroduced in House

A new bill introduced in the U.S. House would provide payment parity for an expanded list of telehealth services available to Medicare beneficiaries.

Mayo Clinic absorbs costs for telehealth services not covered by Medicare

Medicare won't reimburse for many telemedicine services, so Mayo Clinic is absorbing the costs at seven of its hospitals.

Robotic-assisted tele-rounding effective for NICU patients

Robotic-assisted telemedicine is an effective way to perform bedside rounds for ill infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units, new research concludes.

Pediatricians support telemedicine use in PCMH

Telemedicine use is OK if integrated into the patient-centered medical home model, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group, however, warns against "fragmented care" in a policy statement published in  Pediatrics.

Despite potential, telemedicine lags among seniors, Medicare beneficiaries

Nearly 20 years after videoconferencing technology became available for health services, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use it, according to Kaiser Health News.