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How Cities Are Expanding Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

A panel of public health officials from Philadelphia, New York, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh discuss how they are working to increase access to medication-assisted treatment in their jurisdictions at Pew’s event on January 25, which was attended by over 150 people in Philadelphia.The Pew Charitable Trusts On January 25, The Pew Charitable Trusts convened public health […]

Over 96 percent of health systems plan to expand virtual care, new survey shows

Virtual health is slated for a major increase over the next 12 months, according to a new study. The increase is primarily driven by the enhanced efficiency that virtual care offers providers, according to survey conducted by virtual software company Zipnosis. The 2018 on-demand virtual care benchmark survey shows that over 96 percent of health […]

AHA Says Telehealth Expansion Can Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

February 06, 2019 – The American Hospital Association is calling on the federal government to boost telehealth and telemedicine opportunities – including better reimbursement, financial support for new technology and improved access to broadband – for the nation’s struggling rural hospitals. “Rural hospitals are not just access points for care, they are cornerstones of care for the […]

Opioid Use Disorder: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Communities

Overview The increasing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States has hit rural areas particularly hard. Between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths increased 325 percent in rural counties.1 In 2015, they surpassed the death rate in urban areas.2 Additionally, nonfatal prescription opioid overdoses are concentrated in states with large rural populations.3Helping to drive this trend […]

ATA Panelists Discuss Challenges, Promise of Telehealth Interoperability

A panel of telehealth experts convened by the American Telemedicine Association says telemedicine will only flourish if providers, patients and payers can come together to promote interoperability. That was the main takeaway from an American Telemedicine Association webinar this week, the opening salvo in a long-term campaign by the organization to promote scalability and sustainability […]


With high-profile suicides in 2018 along with the opiate epidemic, mental health is high on the list of national medical concerns. Demand for behavioral health services, combined with increasing access to those services via telehealth, could dramatically improve treatment options for rural residents.  Last year’s report on Medicare telehealth from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) shows promise that behavioral health services – […]

Hospital’s Telehealth Program Reduces ER Visits, Treatment Costs

A telehealth program launched in 2016 to improve care management for patients with chronic conditions who aren’t in home health care has cut ER visits in half and reduced hospitalizations by almost 90 percent, according to hospital officials. In addition, the Chronic Care Management Program at Frederick Memorial Hospital has cut the cost of care […]

AMA Lobbies for More Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Programs

In a story on the AMA’s website and a study published in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Spectrum newsletter, the organization pushes for more acceptance of telehealth and mHealth in the program, which has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Most DPP programs focus on in-person […]