New guide offers the possibility of improving a hospital’s bottom line. Last week, The National Quality Forum and the American Hospital Association Center for Health Care Innovation released their how-to guide for hospitals and health systems seeking to implement, strengthen, and sustain tele-behavioral health. Entitled Redesigning Care, the guide outlines an…
CMS unveils new rural healthcare strategy via telehealth. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to reduce hospital readmissions and unnecessary ER visits with its newly unveiled Rural Health Strategy. Currently, there are significant barriers to accessing telehealth. While physicians and providers have to answer to their respective…
EDITOR’S NOTE: National Quality Forum (NQF) issued two new reports this week that provide guidance to advance health information technology, with the intent of making healthcare more effective and safer for all Americans. The terms “telemedicine” and “telehealth” have been used interchangeably in healthcare, but there is a difference. Telemedicine…
Could “dialing up” the use of tele-medicine or telehealth help achieve rural health sustainability? In a new report dated March 30, 2017, The Rural Broadband Association found that the use of telemedicine has four powerful economic benefits, for rural providers, producing results that Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…