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FCC Releases Report and Order 19-78: Promoting Telehealth in America
Friday, August 30, 2019

On August 20, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission released a Report and Order reforming the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to promote transparency and predictability, and to further the efficient allocation of limited program resources while guarding against waste, fraud, and abuse. Read the Report and Order here.

While the Report and Order includes a number of changes to the RHC Program, the overall structure of the Program will remain the same. The RHC Program will still have two sub-programs: the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecom Program. Applicants will still be required to seek eligibility, submit requests for funding, requests for services, and invoicing forms.

The changes initiated by the Report and Order will apply to Funding Year (FY) 2020 and beyond, and will not affect FY2019.
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Governor Signs Telemedicine Bill
Friday, April 19, 2019

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed SB354 into law on April 4, 2019.  Click here to view the final version of the bill.  Thanks to all that helped along the way.
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New Mexico Senate Bill 354
Friday, March 01, 2019

SB 354 passed the senate and is now under consideration in the house.The bill contains a number of provisions though its most important and perhaps controversial is to establish payment parity between services delivered via telemedicine and the same services delivered in-person. As such, the bill has the potential to increase telemedicine use in New Mexico by increasing the financial incentive to deliver those services. Click the link at the beginning of this article to access the full text of the bill, view related legislative analysis and committee reports, and track its progress and scheduled activity.  
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New Mexico Senate Bill 354

New Mexico Senate Bill 354
Friday, February 22, 2019

SB 354 (Health Coverage via Telemedicine) has received all needed committee approvals and will be considered by the full state senate early next week.  The bill contains a number of provisions though its most important and perhaps controversial is to establish payment parity between services delivered via telemedicine and the same services delivered in-person.  As such, the bill has the potential to increase telemedicine use in New Mexico by increasing the financial incentive to deliver those services.  Click the link at the beginning of this article to access the full text of the bill, view related legislative analysis and committee reports, and track its progress and scheduled activity.


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This Explains It All
Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Smaller practices struggle to use advanced EHR features, Black Book finds
Thursday, April 19, 2018

  • Nearly 90% of practices with six or fewer practitioners aren't using advanced EHR features such as electronic messaging, clinical decision support, interoperability, data sharing and patient engagement, according to a recent Black Book survey of about 19,000 EHR users.
  • The majority of larger practices use advanced features frequently, and 30% of practices with 11 or more clinicians said they expect to replace their current EHR system by 2021.
  • Although larger practices are better positioned to implement new IT tools, 93% of all practices with functioning EHR systems are using basic features that are directly tied to customer satisfaction.
https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/smaller-practices-struggle-to-use-advanced-ehr-features-black-book-finds/521529/   ...

Insiders pose biggest threat to health information security, report finds
Thursday, April 19, 2018














https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/insiders-pose-biggest-threat-to-health-information-security-report-finds-1/520342/
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Mobile device use tied to higher patient experience scores, survey finds
Thursday, April 19, 2018

  • Mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous in hospitals and having a positive impact on patient care, a new JAMF survey finds.
  • The software company, which works mostly with Apple products, surveyed 600 global healthcare IT leaders on their use of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Nine in 10 said their organizations have implemented or plan to implement a mobile device initiative.
  • Nearly all (96%) reported an increase in patient experience scores when mobile devices were deployed, with a third of those claiming major improvement.


https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/mobile-device-use-tied-to-higher-patient-experience-scores-survey-finds/521256/
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FDA targets medical device safety in new plan
Thursday, April 19, 2018

  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday released an agenda aimed at enhancing medical device safety and innovation in the U.S.
  • The five-pronged Medical Device Safety Action Plan is built around a total product life cycle approach that calls for integrating the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s (CDRH) premarket and postmarket offices across functions.
  • The plan comes as first-in-kind products are reaching the market. Last year, the FDA approved the first automated insulin delivery device for type 1 diabetes and a blood test to evaluate traumatic brain injury.
https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/fda-targets-medical-device-safety-in-new-plan/521570/   ...

Bare-Bones Health Policies Are Cheaper Than ACA Plans—and Riskier Too
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sales are growing for a type of bare-bones health policy that offers a cheaper alternative to traditional insurance but leaves buyers risking big bills if they have major medical needs.
Known as fixed indemnity plans, the products offer limited help, typically paying set amounts toward the cost of doctor visits, hospital days or other services..
They generally carry restrictions on people with pre-existing conditions, and they aren’t considered true health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But insurance agents say individuals are increasingly purchasing the plans as a substitute for ACA coverage, which has become far more costly for many people who don’t get federal subsidies.
“Without question, people are using that as a good alternative when they can’t afford anything else,” said Dave Keller, an executive at Independence Holding Co., known as IHC Group, which says sales of its indemnity products last year were roughly 10 times the year before.
Other insurers and insurance agents, including eHealth Inc., American Insurance Agencies Direct LLC and AgileHealthInsurance.com, a unit of Health Insurance Innovations Inc., also say they have seen recent indemnity sales grow. Many of the products are sold only to those who can attest to being healthy.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/bare-bones-health-policies-are-cheaper-than-aca-plans-riskier-too-1524052801?utm_campaign=KHN: Daily Health Policy Report&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=62226035&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8EapjynRpHjKMJJNkXxaadJ4Io9SS5g4THAlrMlVhtcqTvioDaaP8zwSBn3CHIZ_zOZgfRxWVG9vRp_ksm29e1X_DTcg&_hsmi=62226035
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