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  • Telehealth Study Finds a Willing Market in ACA Enrollees

    mHealth Intelligence

    A RAND Health study has found that teledermatology can boost the number of people accessing dermatology services, both online and in person.That includes people who might not otherwise want – or need – to see a dermatologist. The study by Lori Uscher-Pines, a policy researcher at the non-profit, targeted some 380,000 Medicaid enrollees in California’s Central Valley, including about 108,000 who’d recently enrolled under the Affordable Care Act. Faced with a shortage of dermatologists, the region’s MediCal managed plan, the Health Plan of San Joaquin, launched a teledermatology program in 2012. According to Uscher-Pines, just having access to a dermatologist online prompted primary care physicians to use the service, doubling the number of patients who received care from a dermatologist.

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  • UAB Doctor Uses Telemedicine to Treat Colbert County Dialysis Patient

    WHNT News

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) - A Colbert County woman is making history for medical treatment and technology. Something extraordinary is happening inside the walls of the Colbert County Health Department. Ellen McGowen is having a face-to-face visit, even though she is hours away from her doctor.  She's the first patient to have a comprehensive dialysis check-up using telemedicine. “This has been the greatest thing to happen to me since I started dialysis. I have been a dialysis patient for five years,” stated McGowen. She’s required to visit with a doctor once a month.  But Ellen can be treated closer to home through UAB Hospital and Dr. Eric Wallace. It’s a pilot program with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Their goal is to offer telemedicine for dialysis patients in every county in the state. McGowen is just glad she can get the treatment she needs in Colbert County, instead of spending hours on the road.

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  • Study: States Make Minor Progress on Telehealth-Friendly Policies

    State Scoop

    States have made only incremental progress in passing laws that let more physicians practice medicine using video conferencing or other digital methods, according to a new report from a telemedicine advocacy group. The Center for Connected Health Policy released its overview of telehealth-focused legislation around the country late last month, and the group found that for every state that passed a telemedicine law in 2015, another added some form of restriction on the practice. Since July 2015, researchers found that 47 states (and Washington, D.C.) currently offer Medicaid reimbursements for video conferencing services, with Utah dropping off the list from a year ago. Additionally, the number of states offering similar reimbursements for “store and forward” services — a telehealth technique where patient data is electronically transmitted to an intermediate location and stored there before it’s sent to a physician — remains at nine, after Washington approved the practice and Oklahoma disallowed it.

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