How MedStar Health Went from 10 Virtual Visits Per Week — to 4,000 Per Day

Before COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., MedStar Health was scheduling about 10 telehealth visits per week. During the height of COVID-19, that number increased to nearly 4,000 visits — per day. “Things have tailed off, but [they] certainly won’t ever go back to where they were,” David Brennan, MedStar’s director of telehealth initiatives, said […]

Introducing the 2020 HHCN Changemakers Class

The U.S. health care system’s ongoing shift toward the home is changing how, when and where care services are delivered. Within this constantly evolving landscape, the home health and home care industries have turned to Changemakers for direction. Among their accomplishments, such mavericks of change are embracing new payment models, reshaping the in-home care market […]

Elara Caring Turns to Telehealth to Solve Coronavirus Pain Points

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elara Caring has announced it will be rolling out telephonic home visits and telehealth services for its skilled home health and hospice patients. Elara Caring is making the move to solve a number of pain points related to the coronavirus outbreak, including an industry-wide personal protective equipment (PPE) […]

Coronavirus Causes Demand for In-Home Telehealth Technology to Skyrocket

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for the vast majority of U.S. businesses. Yet for some companies, the global crisis has turned into a major boon. Pharmaceutical corporations, teleconferencing companies and video-streaming services are all positioned for growth despite the broader economic landscape. Telehealth providers are likewise seeing a spike in business, with New […]

Coronavirus Scare Likely to Boost Telehealth Adoption Among Home-Based Care Providers

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that will provide $8.3 billion in emergency funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Apart from funding, the bill made major changes to telehealth statutes, possibly allowing home-based care providers to both rely heavier on telehealth tools and be properly reimbursed for […]

Despite Benefits, Reimbursement Roadblocks Still Slowing In-Home Telehealth Adoption

Despite the benefits of telehealth services, the general lack of reimbursement under Medicare has created persistent roadblocks when it comes to widespread adoption among U.S. home health providers. Over the past several years, telehealth services have proven their value when it comes to improving access to care for patients and lowering overall health care costs. […]

Third Time Could Be the Charm for Telehealth Medicare Legislation

Is the third time the charm for a bill that would expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services? A bipartisan group of lawmakers took another swing at introducing the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.  The bill was reintroduced by members […]