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  • Telemedicine Tied to Faster ER Care in Rural Areas

    Medical Xpress

    Nicholas M. Mohr, M.D., from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and colleagues measured the impact of emergency department-based telemedicine on the timeliness of care in rural hospitals, as measured by door-to-provider time. They performed a cohort study involving 2,857 emergency department patients who consulted telemedicine and were matched (2:1) to non-telemedicine controls based on age, diagnosis, and hospital.  The researchers found that door-to-provider time was six minutes shorter in telemedicine patients. In 41.7 percent of the encounters, a telemedicine provider was the first to see the patient. In these cases, telemedicine occurred 14.7 minutes earlier than care by local providers. Overall, emergency department length of stay was 40.2 minutes longer for all telemedicine patients. However, emergency department length of stay was 22.1 minutes shorter among patients transferred to other hospitals.  "Future work will focus on the clinical impact of more timely rural emergency department care," write the authors.  Three study authors are employed by the Avera eCARE, which provides emergency department-based telemedicine services.  

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  • Policy Report: The Case Against Telemedicine Parity Laws

    John Locke Foundation

    North Carolina is one of 18 states that do not have a telemedicine parity law, which forces insurance companies to pay health care providers for services treated via telemedicine that are otherwise covered during an in-office visit. While most states have such laws, their unintended consequences perpetuate the worst features of our nation’s health care system. Parity laws may impede the creation of a treatment plan that meets the needs of individual patients, raise costs, and conceal the cost of care from the consumer. Telemedicine is thriving in nonparity states like North Carolina, suggesting that the cost and burdens imposed by telemedicine parity laws would likely exceed any benefit.

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  • Study: Telemedicine Consults Help Save About $500 Per Patient

    mHealth Intelligence

    A telemedicine consult platform for cardiology cases saved almost $500 per patient in Medicaid costs over in-person treatments, according to a newly released study.  In what’s being billed as the first published randomized study of the eConsult platform, researchers at Community Health Center and the University of Connecticut Health Center found that the telemedicine platform, which facilitates virtual consults with a specialist, yielded lower mean adjusted total costs of $655 per patient, or lower mean costs of $466 when adjusted for non-normality, compared to those using face-to-face consults over a six-month span.  In addition, the eConsult group reported reduced costs of $81 per patient for outpatient cardiac procedures, as well as improving access to care for underserved patients and reducing the rate of no-shows for providers.  “The results of our analysis show for the first time that when [primary care providers] are given an option to use eConsults for Medicaid beneficiaries, the total costs and the cost of outpatient cardiac tests and procedures at 6 months are significantly lower, by $466 and $81, respectively, compared with the traditional [face-to-face] approach,” the study, highlighted in the January issue of the American Journal of Managed Care, reported.

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