News from past year

ATA16: Reduced heart failure readmissions stemmed from telehealth network participation, providers say
The reduction of readmission rates for heart failure patients is just one of the benefits touted by health system representatives of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) on Tuesday at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference in Minneapolis.
Live Video Is Most Prominent Reimbursed Form Of Telehealth

The most predominant reimbursed form of telehealth is live video. The District of Columbia and 47 states provided reimbursement for live video in Medicaid fee-for-service last year. Nine states reimburse for store and forward telemedicine, and sixteen states offer reimbursement for remote patient monitoring (RPM), remaining static from last year. Only five state Medicaid programs (Alaska, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Washington) reimburse for all three telehealth services (live feed, store and forward, and RPM), an increase of one state since July 2015.

Benton Honored Posthumously
PCI Chairman Emeritus Charles Benton was honored posthumously at the inaugural Illinois Telehealth Initiative Telehealth Law Forum. 
Pinckneyville hospital offers telemedicine services for stroke patients
Pinckneyville Community Hospital is partnering with the Southern Illinois Telemedicine Initiative to offer state-of-the-art telemedicine technology that puts patients in touch with immediate time-saving, life-saving stroke evaluation and treatment.
Could Insurers Use Telemedicine to Widen Provider Networks?
Many states are tightening their network adequacy standards, and telemedicine might help insurance companies meet those standards, especially in rural and underserved areas, notes a new report sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Telehealth helps enhance care for patients in McHenry County
According to the Illinois Telehealth Initiative, an initiative of Partnership for Connected Illinois, there is a projected shortage of 130,000 physicians by 2025, meaning it will be more important to connect patients with doctors across distance.
Illinois Telemedicine Rules: Licensing, Practice, Payment
National Law Review
Tackling Sepsis With Telemedicine

Backed by an AHRQ grant, an Illinois health system is building a platform to help rural doctors identify and treat sepsis, dubbed the top preventable cause of deaths in hospitals

On National Rural Health Day, USDA Announces $23.4 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants for 75 Projects in 31 States
Springfield, Illinois based St. John's Hospital chosen to receive funds to provide teleconferencing equipment to three rural hospitals.
AMA Again Delays Ruling on Telemedicine Ethics

The decision leaves state medical boards and providers in limbo, while delegates debate the definition of a valid doctor-patient encounter.

An “All of the Above” Approach to Rural Broadband
Illinois Representative John Shimkus writes in support of broadband and telemedicine in rural Ilinois communities.
CMS Finalizes Medicare Payment Model With Telehealth Implications

The Growing Trend of Telemedicine
Walgreens Announces New Digital Health Initiatives; Expands Access to Enhanced MDLIVE Live Doctor Consultation Offering to 20 Additional States

Walgreens Connect app powered by Qualcomm Life enables Balance® Rewards members to automatically earn points when using Well at Walgreens Bluetooth blood glucose and blood pressure devices

Company discusses new programs and overall telehealth strategy at mHealth Summit

PCI Announces Refined Direction
PCI to focus on Illinois Telehealth Initiative

1871 Works with Wolf Point Advisors to Develop Unique Solution; Members Able To Sign Up For Coverage Beginning November 15; Alumni Companies Will Be Eligible; Major Step Forward in Advancing the Interests of Startups in Chicago
Frontier Communications Offers Small Business Customers a “Price for Life”

Budget certainty is critical for small business owners and operators

UBI Global Names 1871 One Of The Top University-Affiliated Business Incubators In North America Following Its Survey Of Over 400 Incubators Across 70 Countries
Pat Quinn, Former Governor of Illinois, to Keynote AnchorNETS Conference

Pat Quinn, the former Governor of Illinois, will participate as a Keynote Speaker at the inaugural “AnchorNETS: Broadband Summit for Schools, Health and Libraries” November 16 & 17 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

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