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  • Healthcare Consumers Show Mounting Interest in Virtual, On-Demand Care

    FierceHealthcare

    The majority of consumers are interested in some kind of virtual medical care, particularly following a hospital stay, according to a new survey. Sixty percent of broadband households say they are interested in remote care options, an indication that strong potential exists within the virtual care market moving forwards, according to portions of a  survey released by Parks Associates. The firm plans to present the full findings at the Connected Health Summit in San Diego at the end of August. Most respondents were interested in remote care following a hospitalization, although there was also notable interest in managing chronic conditions and routine checkups. Seven in 10 broadband households said they were also interested in visiting physician services. Additional data provided to FierceHealthcare indicates 40% of respondents are interested in communicating digitally with their medical professional, but just 20% want to correspond via text message.  

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  • New Jersey Authorizes Telemedicine Services

    The National Law Review

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law Senate Bill S291 (the “Act”), which authorizes New Jersey health care providers to offer telemedicine services. New Jersey had previously been one of the few states that had not expressly authorized telemedicine services. This alert discusses providers’ responsibilities under the Act, including establishing a proper provider-patient relationship, permitted technology and record-keeping policies. The Act permits health care services to be provided remotely through technological means, as long as a proper provider-patient relationship has been established. A proper provider-patient relationship may be established without an initial in-person visit, but must include identification of the provider and patient, review of the patient’s medical history and available medical records by the provider prior to an initial encounter with the patient, and the provider’s determination that he/she will be able to meet the same standard of care for the patient with telemedicine services as would be provided if the services were rendered in person. If the same standard of care cannot be met, the provider must direct the patient to seek in-person care.

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  • Telemedicine Could Help Medicaid Patients With Specialty Access

    mHealth Intelligence

    New research indicates telemedicine consults for specialty referrals could improve much-needed access for Medicaid populations. It also could offer support to an innovative telehealth platform now being used in nine states to connect doctors, Medicaid patients and specialists online. That conclusion comes out of a study, reported in the Aug. 14 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine, which found that specialty access standards adopted by some state Medicaid programs did not make specialty care more accessible for beneficiaries. Researchers instead suggested “more innovative solutions,” such as a digital health platform enabling beneficiaries to meet specialists online. “One way to make specialty care more available is to facilitate electronic or telemedicine specialty consultation,” Mitchell H. Katz, MD, of the Los Angeles Department of Health Services, wrote in an accompanying editorial. “Whether time synchronous (i.e. patient and physician are connected audibly and/or visually at separate locations) or dyssynchronous (electric consultation sent by a primary care physician to a specialist who responds in a matter of days) these alternative type of consultations allow patients to receive rapid specialty advice without the need for traveling and typically at lower cost.” Katz also highlighted a significant barrier to telemedicine consults: reimbursement.

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