Reducing ED Visits

In a study of 18 urban hospitals, 3.1 percent of Emergency Department (ED) users account for 16.5 percent of visits. Spectrum Health’s EDs at their two largest hospitals located in Grand Rapids Michigan treat about 1,000 patients visiting the ED at least ten times a year. Very often these patients are coming for non-urgent needs that the ED is unable to address. (more…)

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Spectral MD Awarded Contract

Spectral MD Inc. located in Dallas recently received a contract for $2.4 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS. The funding is to be used to further develop Spectral MD’s DeepView imaging system to aid patients burned in disasters. (more…)

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Coordinating Care for Duals

In October, CMS and the State of South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) announced plans to test a new pilot to provide care for individuals who are both Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. The intent is to provide a better model of care for dual eligibles that is more coordinated and person-centered. (more…)

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Grant Award for Rehab Technologies

The Department of Education recently announced a grant for $924,512 awarded to the University at Buffalo to promote the transfer of rehabilitation technologies. The Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) made the funding available. (more…)

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Telehealth Summits Coming Soon

World Congress has announced that two upcoming meetings focused on Telehealth and Telemedicine are coming soon. The 2nd Annual Telemedicine Summit on December 2-3, 2013 will take place in Anaheim CA and the 2014 Telehealth Summit will take place January 30-31, 2014 in Orlando Florida. (more…)

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Using Telehealth to Help Veterans

A clinical trial to study ways to provide comprehensive diabetes care for veterans with persistent poorly-controlled diabetes is being initiated by the Veterans Administration at the Durham VAMC. The clinical trial will look at how to effectively advance comprehensive diabetes care for these veterans by using existing home telehealth services. (more…)

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HHS Funding Health Centers

HHS has made grants for $150 million available through the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new health center sites across the country to help care for about 1.25 million additional patients. “We are committed to providing more people across the country with the quality patient-centered care they deserve”, said Secretary Sebellius. (more…)

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