About Karen Thomas

Karen R. Thomas is the President of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions. In 2004, she developed and secured funding for the first Medicaid-covered telemonitoring program within the Disease Management Department for the State of Missouri. Seeing the need that various industries had for cost-saving solutions that could provide improved health outcomes for patients, she began Advanced TeleHealth Solutions in 2011.

The Impact of Telemonitoring on Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP)

By |2018-07-13T12:05:35+00:00August 15th, 2018|Home Health|

In case you haven’t noticed, the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program is now nearing the three-year mark in nine pilot states: Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the program January 1, 2016, modeling it after a similar Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program in an effort to [...]

Advances in Diabetes Management

By |2018-07-13T12:05:24+00:00August 8th, 2018|Diabetes Management|

Several years ago, the American Diabetes Association advanced three major strategies to successfully improve the quality of diabetes management. The first strategy focuses on changing the behavior of providers and care teams. The idea is that by implementing explicit goal setting with patients; identifying and addressing language, numeracy, or cultural barriers to care; and integrating evidence-based guidelines and clinical information [...]

Why Telemonitoring is Now a Strategic Imperative

By |2018-07-16T14:35:37+00:00August 1st, 2018|Benefits of Telehealth|

There is little debate that healthcare is gradually shifting from a model that is focused on treating the sick to one that is driven by population health management. The payers – led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – are forcing this transformation by tying outcomes to financial incentives and disincentives for providers. In fact, pay-for-performance initiatives [...]

The Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

By |2018-06-25T15:13:39+00:00July 25th, 2018|Benefits of Telehealth|

A week doesn’t pass that a report isn’t published about the growth or benefit of remote patient monitoring – also known as telemonitoring. The excitement dates back to 2013, when FierceHealthcare published a report stating that remote patient monitoring would save healthcare $36 billion globally by the end of this year. Three years later, in 2016, Becker’s Healthcare reported that [...]

Remote Patient Monitoring Services: Build or Buy?

By |2018-06-25T15:11:31+00:00July 20th, 2018|Cost of Telemedicine|

For many years, healthcare executives have questioned whether it is better to build or buy remote patient monitoring solutions as a strategy for reducing E.R, visits, hospital re-admissions, and more. After all, hospitals and home health agencies are incented by Medicare to reduce unnecessary readmissions, and nearly all healthcare leaders agree that telemonitoring is an effective solution. The question, though, [...]

How Even Basic Telemonitoring Programs Can Improve Healthcare

By |2018-06-25T15:12:40+00:00July 18th, 2018|Benefits of Telehealth|

With each passing month, more evidence is being produced that shows the efficacy of remote patient monitoring – or telemonitoring. The most recent proclamation was a published case study highlighting one of the nation’s leading non-profit health insurance companies, although the company was not mentioned by name. Seeking to reduce the cost of patients with chronic conditions, the insurance provider [...]

Applying eHealth Principles to Reduce Healthcare Spending

By |2018-06-25T15:13:49+00:00July 13th, 2018|Telehealth Perspectives|

Americans often describe the U.S. healthcare system as the best in the world. But according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. healthcare system ranks last among 11 high-income countries. The country leads the world in health care spending, but Americans are sicker and more likely to die of preventable conditions than those in other wealthy countries. The time [...]

Can the Patient Experience Be a Driver for Remote Patient Monitoring?

By |2018-06-25T15:13:09+00:00July 11th, 2018|Patient Satisfaction|

Adapting eHealth solutions to support healthcare practices can offer a host of benefits throughout the healthcare system. Services such as corporate wellness and disease management programs can fundamentally alter patient health while reducing costs and preventing hospitalizations. Likewise, tools such as clinical health call center assistance can help bridge the gap between patients and their providers while reducing expenditures and [...]

How Telehealth Can Close the Gap for Rural Patients

By |2018-06-25T15:11:37+00:00July 4th, 2018|Hospitals and Physicians|

For many Americans, living in the rural countryside is nothing short of heaven. Unfortunately, there is trouble brewing in paradise. Since 2010, 83 rural hospitals have closed, according to the National Rural Health Association, including three in our own home state of Missouri (Parkland Health Center in Farmington, Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, and SoutheastHealth Center in Ellington). What’s more, more [...]

Can Telemonitoring Cure Healthcare?

By |2018-06-25T15:02:58+00:00June 27th, 2018|Benefits of Telehealth|

For nearly two decades, since the Institute of Medicine published its 1999 report, “To Err is Human,” healthcare leaders worldwide have been intensely focused on improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs. The early work centered on advanced performance improvement initiatives such as Lean and Six Sigma, then moved to standardized processes in the form of PDSA and TeamSTEPPS. But for [...]

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