Two States Expand Telemedicine

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) applauds the state governments of Kentucky and Missouri for expanding coverage of telemedicine services within their jurisdictions. According to Jonathan Linkous, ATA CEO, “This is a true win-win scenario for the patients in Kentucky and Missouri and a win also for the treasury and taxpayers in those states who will save significantly on public healthcare costs.”  (more…)

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Building HIV/AIDS Data Resources

The HIV/AIDS pandemics have been a serious threat to global health for decades. However, rapid advancements in HIV/AIDS research has generated a significant amount of knowledge in the field. AHRQ’s study funded for $290,000 will look at how to provide more data to the HIV/AIDS providers and the community.  (more…)

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Dental Health in the News

The New York State Department of Health has issued an RFP to identify a contractor to establish the Oral Health Center of Excellence (OHCE) to serve the people statewide. The chief objective is to provide assistance to communities, local health departments, healthcare institutions, mobile dental vans, and school-based health centers to improve oral health and improve access to oral health services.   (more…)

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Louisiana’s Current Initiatives

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum e-News reports that the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE) is expected to launch their Patient Portal this summer enabling consumers to have access to their personal EHRs.  (more…)

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Bioengineered Vein Implanted

For the first time, a team of doctors at Duke University Hospital have created a bioengineered blood vessel and transplanted it into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease. This procedure, the first U.S. clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the bioengineered blood vessel is a milestone in the field of tissue engineering.  (more…)

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Governor Signs SB 340

The Governor of Alabama signed Senate Bill 340 in June to help people enrolled in Medicaid by helping them to have access to well-managed care. In 2012, the Governor established the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to evaluate the financial stability of Alabama Medicaid. Bill 340 was the result of the Commission’s work.  (more…)

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Briefing on Health IT

A “Health Affairs” briefing July 9th hosted at the National Press Club in Washington D.C, discussed the latest trends on health information technology adoption among U.S. healthcare providers and hospitals. (more…)

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