telemedicine

By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2016
There is little evidence that telemedicine interventions consistently improve the quality of life of COPD patients, according to a new systematic review published recently in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Researchers looked at 47 studies of telemedicine use in COPD since 2000 and analyzed 18 that met their inclusion criteria. Of those, just three showed a...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2016
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its 1,425-page Managed Care Final Rule, a long-awaited update to CMS bylaws which, according to CMS, “aligns key rules with those of other health insurance coverage programs, modernizes how states purchase managed care for beneficiaries, and strengthens the consumer experience and key consumer protections.” In part, the rule opens the door...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2016
CMS has announced a new expanded initiative for bringing value-based repayment to primary care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care program introduced in 2012, but will expand the program to a larger number of practices and includes some tweaks to the model.  “Strengthening primary care is critical to an effective health care system,” said...
By Aditi Pai April 5, 2016
Remote monitoring joint venture MedWand announced today at the HxRefactored event in Boston that a payer in Wisconsin has already filled an order for its device, which is still just a prototype. MedWand is a partnership between direct primary care company MedLion and engineering design firm Cypher Scientific. MedWand debuted its remote diagnostic device of the same name, at CES earlier this year...
By Jonah Comstock April 5, 2016
A study of eight leading telemedicine companies shows that, for a number of common conditions, remote video and telephone visits are equally accurate, both are more accurate than webchat, and accuracy of diagnoses and adherence to best practices for in-person care varied greatly from company to company. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, UCSF-affiliated...
By Jack McCarthy March 30, 2016
Telemedicine is changing from a specialty offering to a more mainstream service, with a new survey showing that two-thirds of the nearly 400 healthcare providers polled name telemedicine as the top or one of the highest priorities – a 10 percent increase from the 2015 survey results. But challenges remain, notably reimbursement and earning a return on the investments needed to fund telehealth...
By Jonah Comstock March 22, 2016
CirrusMD, a telemedicine startup focused on value-based care, has raised a little more than $1 million according to an SEC filing. Investors include Boulder BioMed and Sand Hill Angels. The company previously raised $1.5 million in 2014, according to another filing. The Denver-based startup offers a telemedicine service to providers and payers that includes video visits, but visits start with...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2016
More and more health insurers are encouraging members to seek out video visits with physicians by subsidizing or outright covering such services. The latest to commit to the trend is Independence Blue Cross, which serves 2.5 million customers in the Philadelphia area and another 7.5 million across the country. Independence will offer telemedicine to its members in two ways — both through a...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2016
WebMD may soon begin to offer healthcare price transparency tools to users, and is even looking at becoming involved in telehealth, CEO David Schlanger said on a recent earnings call. Schlanger also talked about traffic and search trends, Medscape Consult, and the company’s video content strategy. WebMD revenues hit $192.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, up from $162.7 million in Q4 2014,...
February 19, 2016
Opternative, an optometry-focused telemedicine service that lets users get their prescriptions online after taking an app- and website-based vision test, has raised $6 million in first round funding, bringing the company's total funding to $9.5 million. Jump Capital led the round with additional participation from Tribeca Venture Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Chicago Ventures, Craig...

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