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Medicare Penalty on Hospital Readmissions

Telemedicine – The Solution to the Medicare Penalty on Hospital Readmissions

Withholding Medicare ReimbursementIn November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced an update to the initiative to reduce return hospitalizations for skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Starting in October 2018, there will be a 2 percent withholding of Medicare reimbursements for SNFs with higher occurrences of patients that are re-hospitalized within 30 days…

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New Jersey Telemedicine Law

Understanding the New Jersey Telemedicine Law

Last year we featured an article, Proposed Bill Addresses Use of Telemedicine in NJ, that described the proposed 53-page bill to define telemedicine in accordance with New Jersey state law.  In August 2017, Governor Christie signed the bill (SB 291) and the law went into effect on July 21, 2017. This article summarizes and explains how…

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Cost Benefits of Telemedicine

Cost Benefits of Telemedicine

Nursing homes provide a safe and secure environment for patients that are no longer able to take care of themselves independently. Telemedicine provides a cost-effective method for nursing home staff members to continue with their commitment of care for their clients. So how does telemedicine accomplish this? The quick answer is, by keeping the patient…

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What is telehospice?

Telemedicine and Hospice Care, What is Telehospice?

Hospice care is a benefit offered by Medicare for terminally ill patients. A less familiar but related service known as palliative care, benefits patients by providing pain and symptom control, coordination between support team members, emotional support and relief for family/caregivers. The difference between the two is that the former is for anyone of any…

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Medicare to Penalize Nursing Homes

Medicare to Penalize Nursing Homes for High Hospital Readmission Rates

One of the simpler explanations behind telemedicine is that it reduces patient transfers between nursing homes and hospitals. What is of the utmost importance is the care that these facilities are providing. On one hand, hospitals have been penalized for the rate at which patients return. Now, nursing homes will be held accountable for hospital…

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telemedicne in 2017

Looking Ahead To Telemedicine in 2017

​Looking Ahead To Telemedicine in 2017 We have looked to the past to define telemedicine. We have attempted to forecast the future of telemedicine. At the close of 2016, telemedicine is still redefining itself. That is what makes it such an exciting asset to healthcare professionals. As technology seems poised to move us beyond simply…

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The Future Of Healing Is Telemedicine

The Future Of Healing Is Telemedicine

​The Future Of Healing Is Telemedicine It is a bit hard to write about the future of a technology that yet to be fully implemented in the present. Even now as caregivers and healthcare adopt telemedicine and its remote monitoring capabilities, the premise of a doctor’s face appearing on a video screen and treating you…

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Medical Conditions Treated By Athene Telehealth Physicians

Medical Conditions Treated By Athene TeleHealth Physicians

Medical Conditions Treated By Athene TeleHealth Physicians We already know that Athene TeleHealth helps to prevent acute hospital transfers and re-hospitalizations. Late shift staff members will be joined by our highly trained physicians at their patients’ bed sides thanks to our state-of-the art videoconferencing capabilities. No medical issue will be too complex. Some examples of…

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The Athene TeleHealth Difference

The Athene TeleHealth Difference

The Athene TeleHealth DifferenceTelemedicine is here. It is emergent. The question for healthcare administrators is no longer a matter of if their facility will be using telemedicine but rather which company is the best choice. The technology is impressive and there is a lot to learn but without physicians and nurses, none of it is…

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Telemedicine: Technology & Doctors | MD Care Online NJ, NY, PA

Telemedicine: Technology & Doctors

Telemedicine: Technology & Doctors In the 1970s, a group of French doctors and journalists decided that helping victims of natural disasters was more important than concerns about political or religious boundaries. We know them today as Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). They made human life their top priority and have inspired the…

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