Bonus Features – January 14, 2024 – Epic Research shows telehealth results in more follow-up visits that in-office care, Elevance Health to offer smartphones to qualified Medicaid beneficiaries, plus 21 more stories

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News and Studies

Follow-up rates for telehealth and in-office visits have remained consistent since 2020, according to analysis from Epic Research. That said, telehealth visits are more likely to result in follow-ups at the 7-, 30- and 9-day mark, especially in OB/GYN, podiatry, and internal medicine.

GLP-1 agonists have overtaken insulin in total prescriptions and cost among commercially insured patients, according to an analysis from Cedar Gate Technologies. The therapies are commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes and are increasingly prescribed for weight loss.

The American Telehealth Association announced its policy priorities for 2024; they include making Medicare telehealth flexibilities permanent before the end of the year and removing the in-person requirement for the remote prescribing of controlled substances.

In a letter, the EHR Association warned that ONC’s proposed information blocking disincentives may be less effective than intended. Entities using certified EHR technology and participating in shared savings programs likely already adhere to information sharing standards, the group said, while entities that are exempt from use of certified EHR may have trouble complying.


Product and Company News from CES 2024

Product and Company News from JPM 2024 


Awards and Recognitions

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