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VA will allow clinicians to provide telehealth across state lines

May 15, 2018

A final rule published last week will allow Veterans Affairs (VA) starting next month to implement its so-called "Anywhere to Anywhere" initiative, under which VA health care providers will be able to provide care via telehealth across state lines.

How Geisinger, Mount Sinai, Intermountain, and others are building the 'hospitals of the future'

April 26, 2018

The "hospital of the future" will focus more on serving patients in their homes and communities—and several top health systems, including Gesinger, Mount Sinai, and Intermountain, already are embracing these trends.

Inside a multipronged bipartisan plan to address the opioid misuse epidemic

April 6, 2018

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee plans to hold a hearing next week on draft legislation that aims to expand access to opioid-related substance use disorder treatment and spur development of non-addictive pain medications, among other things.

How Intermountain wants to transform mental health care

March 14, 2018

Intermountain Healthcare's new company Alluceo will leverage a digital communication platform to deliver integrated, team-based mental health care services.

Intermountain Healthcare launches telehealth program to serve rural, underserved communities

March 6, 2018

Intermountain Healthcare's Connect Care Pro combines 35 telehealth programs and more than 500 health care professionals to provide services such as intensive care, mental health care, newborn critical care, and stroke evaluation alongside basic medical care.

Does the Nurse Licensure Compact prevent nursing shortages—or threaten standards of care?

February 21, 2018

Individuals in favor of the Nurse Licensure Compact argue that it helps fill nursing shortages, but opponents argue that every state has different training and care standards, so a nurse in one state might not have the knowledge or experience needed to practice in another state.

Recently-enacted CHRONIC Care Act will improve access to telemedicine, experts say

February 14, 2018

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017, which was included in Congress' recently enacted spending package, revises Medicare payment policies to expand telemedicine coverage for beneficiaries with chronic conditions, as well as those presenting with stroke symptoms.

The (very brief) shutdown is over—and MACRA, Medicare, CHCs, and more just changed

February 9, 2018

Early this morning, President Trump signed a spending package that funds the federal government through March 23 and raises 2018 and 2019 budget caps for defense and domestic programs, including those to combat the opioid misuse epidemic and fund community health centers.

Inside budget negotiations: How lawmakers are working toward a spending bill to keep the government open

February 7, 2018

The Senate today is expected to modify a House-passed continuing resolution that would that would fund the federal government through March 23 and fund community health centers for two years—setting up a final showdown in the House.

The top 10 health care innovations to watch for in 2018, according to the ECRI Institute

January 29, 2018

Diane Robertson, director of health technology assessment at the ECRI Institute, says the organization's 2018 Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List includes "a range of technologies and infrastructure issues hospital leaders and their teams are facing, will be facing, or should consider."

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