HHS OIG: Certain Medicare Beneficiaries, Such as Urban and Hispanic Beneficiaries, Were More Likely Than Others To Use Telehealth During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic

HHS OIG: Certain Medicare Beneficiaries, Such as Urban and Hispanic Beneficiaries, Were More Likely Than Others To Use Telehealth During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report which Expands on the telehealth utilization report released earlier this year; and [...]

2022-09-07T12:32:27-04:00September 7th, 2022|

Patient Characteristics Strongly Tied to Telehealth Use

mHealth Intelligence: Patient Characteristics Strongly Tied to Telehealth Use A study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) found that, unlike provider characteristics, patient characteristics play a significant role in determining telehealth usage. The study consisted of 37,428 patients representing a total of 106,567 encounters, along with 42 providers. The [...]

2022-06-27T15:03:33-04:00June 17th, 2022|

Telemedicine in Cancer Care: Not All Patients Can Access

Medscape: Telemedicine in Cancer Care: Not All Patients Can Access Newly released study findings demonstrated that despite the increased use in telemedicine among patients across more than 20 cancer types, inequities in its usage remain. The largest disparity in telemedicine use was in people based on socioeconomic status —10.6% of patients living in the lowest socioeconomic status [...]

2022-06-27T14:09:17-04:00May 27th, 2022|

Pandemic Surge in Telehealth Did Not Worsen Healthcare Disparity: Johns Hopkins researchers

Managed Healthcare Executive: Pandemic Surge in Telehealth Did Not Worsen Healthcare Disparity: Johns Hopkins researchers Findings reported in this month’s Health Affairs show high use of telehealth in disadvantaged neighborhoods among beneficiaries after Medicare restrictions on telehealth were waived. Sanuja Bose and other researchers at Johns Hopkins found that after CMS waived telehealth restrictions in March [...]

2022-06-27T13:58:34-04:00May 13th, 2022|

Broadband access, outdated laws among hurdles to equitable telehealth, says NCQA

Healthcare IT News: Broadband access, outdated laws among hurdles to equitable telehealth, says NCQA The National Committee for Quality Assurance this week released a white paper exploring the root causes of disparities in virtual care access. The report, which grew out of an NCQA roundtable discussion on the future of telehealth, outlines existing barriers to equity and recommendations for [...]

2022-06-27T13:34:38-04:00May 12th, 2022|

Interest in Telehealth Holds Steady Two Years Into Pandemic

AARP: Interest in Telehealth Holds Steady Two Years Into Pandemic According to a recent AARP report, nearly one in three adults (32 percent) age 50 or older are either extremely or very interested in telehealth services, for themselves or a loved one. The survey found greater interest in telehealth services among nonwhite populations, including 45 percent [...]

2022-06-27T13:50:41-04:00May 10th, 2022|

Racial Gap in Completed Doctor Visits Disappeared in 2020 as Telemedicine Adopted

Penn Medicine News: Racial Gap in Completed Doctor Visits Disappeared in 2020 as Telemedicine Adopted A Penn Medicine study found that as COVID-19 necessitated the wider adoption of telemedicine, the rate of completed primary care visits for Black patients rose to the same level of non-Black patients. The study showed that completed primary care visits rose from [...]

2022-06-27T13:53:41-04:00May 9th, 2022|

Disparities Common in Telehealth Use Among Pediatric CHIP Patients

mHealth Intelligence: Disparities Common in Telehealth Use Among Pediatric CHIP Patients According to data from Alabama’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ALL Kids, researchers found that telehealth use was less common among those living in rural areas and members of lower-income families. Researchers also noted that children living in large or small rural areas were less likely [...]

2022-05-03T11:58:34-04:00April 26th, 2022|

Telemedicine expands care access for spine patients

mHealth Intelligence: Telemedicine expands care access for spine patients A study published in the Global Spine Journal found that visits conducted through telemedicine increased accessibility for spine patients with low socioeconomic status. Spine patients missed 51.3 percent of in-person appointments, significantly higher than the 24.7 percent of telemedicine appointments that patients did not attend, among other findings. Researchers concluded [...]

2022-05-03T11:35:42-04:00April 14th, 2022|

Assessing Telehealth for the Outpatient Management of Heart Failure

JACC Heart Failure: Assessing Telehealth for the Outpatient Management of Heart Failure A recent study found that telehealth for outpatients with heart failure allowed for distanced encounters without increases in subsequent acute care or death. Researchers recommend using standardized assessments before outpatient visits to help triage patients with heart failure to telehealth or in-person visits. [...]

2022-04-11T13:02:38-04:00February 8th, 2022|
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