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Latest Industry Report Identifies Best States for Telemedicine

Latest Industry Report Identifies Best States for Telemedicine

The American Telemedicine Association today released an update to two critical state policy reports which identified gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and physician practice standards and licensure. The reports, which capture the policy landscape of each state and Washington, DC, include research methodology and state-specific grades based on a series of indicators for each report. Both reports are available for download here. Read the full ATA article here.

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Why You Should NOT Use Google Hangouts, Skype, or Facetime for Telehealth

Why You Should NOT Use Google Hangouts, Skype, or Facetime for Telehealth

It may be very tempting as a healthcare provider to simply connect with a patient for a video teleconference utilizing the popular social media platforms like Google Hangouts, Skype and Facetime, but if you do so, you are risking HIPAA compliance. Yes, these platforms provide high quality audio/video and chat capabilities free of charge, but these platforms were created to be general purpose communication tools and were not built specifically for secure use by healthcare providers. When utilizing video-teleconferencing with patients, the technology provider is being given access to electronic protected health information (e-PHI) which falls under the HIPAA security rule, and thus must be safeguarded. To insure HIPAA compliance, you must enter into a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) with...

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How to Personalize Your Website

How to Personalize Your Website

Did you know that 55% of visitors spend less than 15 seconds on a website? This gives website owners a critical window of opportunity to capture their visitors attention and point them in the direction to reaching out for services. People want relevant content but they also want it dolled out to them in a sleek and beautiful way. So, what are some ways you can increase your website’s readership? A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words The ultimate goal is to create a web presence that gives potential clients a dose of who you and your practice are. Photos are a great way to catch your audience’s attention without wordy explanations. In fact, photos can be a lot more...

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What are your State's regulations regarding distance mental health delivery?

What are your State's regulations regarding distance mental health delivery?

If you are a practitioner delivering mental health services remotely, you should review the recently released results of a 50-State Telemental Health Survey conducted by Mr. Rene Quashie and Ms. Amy Lerman of the telehealth specialty law firm of Epstein, Becker and Green. Their publication is an excellent reference, and you can review the full publication at: http://www.epsteinbeckergreen.net/Telemental/EPSTEIN-BECKER-GREEN-50-STATE-TELEMENTAL-HEALTH-SURVEY.pdf Submitted By:  Martha Ireland PhD, RN www.VTConnect.net

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5 Recommendations for Introducing Technology Into Your Practice

5 Recommendations for Introducing Technology Into Your Practice

Use technology systems/products that are secure and will work best with your existing equipment.  Make sure your clients have access to the necessary technology devices, and take note that most platforms have specific technical requirements in order to connect and work effectively.  Review technology requirements with your clients before scheduled sessions. It is very disruptive and frustrating to try to figure out technology issues during an appointment.  Research your professional license guidelines for distance services and the laws and legal regulations regarding telehealth for each country and the individual states/districts/provinces in which you wish to see clients.  There are some variations in the “technology” requirements for different countries. Check that your technology vendor is in compliance.   Do your due diligence first and then enjoy...

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