telehealth

By Jonah Comstock January 28, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services came out with a final rule yesterday that would require face-to-face visits prior to home health services for Medicaid patients, a rule that already exists for Medicare patients. But, as Politico spotted, the rule also includes a parenthetical allowing those "face-to-face" visits to be conducted via telehealth. Exactly what constitutes telehealth isn...
By Jonah Comstock January 19, 2016
According to a just-published 2014 survey of 1,557 US physicians, there’s a big disconnect between support for telehealth and actual use of telehealth technologies. While 78 percent of respondents believed that telehealth improved access to care, only 15 percent actually reported using telehealth services in the past 12 months. The American Academy of Family Physicians published the results of...
By Aditi Pai January 7, 2016
UK-based video visits company Push Doctor has raised $8.2 million in a round led by Oxford Capital Partners and Draper Esprit with participation from Partech Ventures. This brings the company’s total funding to $9.4 million. Push Doctor CEO Eren Ozagir told MobiHealthNews in an email that the company will use the funds to scale and improve its offering. “We intend to better connect ourselves into...
By Aditi Pai December 15, 2015
Austin, Texas-based Chiron Health has raised $2.3 million from Capital Factory, Floodgate, and Martin Ventures for a telemedicine offering that helps providers connect with their existing patients. “We believe that telemedicine should be used as a tool to strengthen the physician-patient relationship,” Chiron Health CEO and cofounder Andrew O’Hara said in a statement. “While on-demand...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2015
All but eight states introduced at least one bill related to telemedicine to their state legislature in 2015, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. State lawmakers floated a total of 200 bills across the country.   The report is meant to explore the benefits and risks of telehealth for state legislatures, as well as to provide an overview of the status of...
By Aditi Pai November 19, 2015
PediaQ, an app-based pediatric house call service, has raised $1.2 million in a round led by Bill Miller, a healthcare industry advisor at KKR Advisors, with participation from Jack Furst, of Oak Street Investors & HM Capital, and Gary Gerlacher, founder of Acute Kids Pediatric Urgent Care. This brings the company’s total funding to $2.1 million. PediaQ allows users to call pediatric nurse...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2015
Walgreens announced that it expanded its telehealth offering, which the company launched in partnership with MDLive last year, to 20 more states. The telehealth service is now offered in 25 states total -- after launching with two, it added another three in June. The company also announced the launch of a new app, called Walgreens Connect, in partnership with Qualcomm Life that allows Walgreens...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2015
Los Angeles-based Heal, which has developed an app that helps people request a doctor to visit their house, announced that it is now in-network with Anthem Blue Cross of California. Now, Heal members in California who are large or small group Anthem Blue Cross of California PPO plan members can pay a co-pay, often between $10 and $30 instead of paying Heal's $99 fee. Services these members are...
By Aditi Pai November 9, 2015
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has announced that it has tapped AbilTo to offer members the option to participate in therapy sessions via phone or video after they've experienced a cardiac event. Beginning this month, the offering will be available to certain commercial employer groups, including the Federal Employee Program (FEP). This partnership comes just a few months after ...
By Aditi Pai November 4, 2015
Tukwila, Washington-based Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company, a behavioral health specialty pharmacy chain, has acquired New York City-based 1DocWay, which has developed a telepsychiatry network. 1DocWay helped providers offer remote visits to their patients through a browser-based videoconferencing tool that could be used on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. While 1DocWay never thought of itself...

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