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AHC and AT&T Partnering to Help Underserved Populations

AllHealth CHOICE has chosen FirstNet®, Built with AT&T, to provide reliable and highly secure connectivity for 400 tablets used with the company’s remote patient monitoring (RPM) kits. The tablets transmit the vitals of high-risk patients with chronic or complex conditions. The patients’ oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and more, are collected by health devices included in the RPM kits, such …

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Need for Telehealth Amplified

At times, it seems medical technology is advancing at warp speed and that has never been more true than now. While Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth were well on their way to being mainstream before COVID, the pandemic certainly amplified the need for people and medical professionals to connect remotely and securely. Patients and providers have now overcome the hesitancy …

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Mental Health: The Importance of Engagement with Senior Adults

What is the magnitude of poor mental health? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. Furthermore, one in five U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018, per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. For older adults, that percentage increases to one in …

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Opioids: Preventing Deadly Addiction

In the late 1990s, opioid pain relievers were deemed effective treatment for chronic pain, and the risk of addition was said to be low. However, this narrative was perpetuated by pharmaceutical lobbies before it was confirmed by comprehensive clinical testing. As new data has emerged over the past 20 years, it has become clear that opioids can be highly addictive. …

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Employers and Healthcare Costs

Benefit packages are an important part of attracting and retaining top talent – and health insurance is a prime part of a robust benefits program. With healthcare costs on the rise, finding ways to meet employees needs, yet not allow expenses to spiral out of control, is a challenge. Healthcare costs are on the rise Employers understand the importance of …

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The Dieting Disconnect

Attempts to diet for the purpose of weight loss can be demoralizing and unsustainable. People often decide that eating healthy isn’t worth the stress.  However, when viewed through the eyes of the value a good diet, meaning fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats and the absence of processed foods and sugar, brings to a person’s overall health, the bridge between a …

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Broken Heart: The Cost of Heart Disease

With 1 in 4 Americans dying annually of heart disease, The Centers for Disease Control names heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. And, the cost is enough to give anyone heartburn: according the American Heart Association, in 2016 cardiovascular disease cost America $555 billion dollars. The future is even more bleak with projections indicating …

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More Information Means Better Healthcare: RPM

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) has stepped up as a very positive healthcare solution for patients, providers and payors.  From a patient’s perspective, it allows them to better manage their health and actively participate in their health care.  From a clinical viewpoint, one of the advantages is the more holistic view it can give of a person’s health status versus only …

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New CMS Guidelines

As of January 1, 2019 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made remote care a separate billable service with three new codes for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM); the guidelines allow providers to track and monitor patient-focused care for both reporting and outcomes to qualify for new regulated reimbursement models. The new CMS RPM guidelines, part of the Chronic …

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Six Reasons Telehealth is Powerful.

Confused About Telehealth? Here’s Six Reasons Telehealth is Powerful: (1) Increases access to healthcare for patients in rural areas and for people in all areas who have health or transportation issues that make travel difficult. (2) Improves health outcomes. Why? Patients treated earlier and/or consistently often have better outcomes for short-term illnesses and they manage chronic conditions better. (3) Reduces …