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A bill introduced in Congress would enable health care providers to treat Medicare patients in other states via telemedicine without needing different licenses for each state. The “TELEmedicine for MEDicare Act”, or HR 3077, was introduced Sept. 10 in the House by Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J.

Jawbone, maker of the Up fitness-tracking wristband, raised $20 million in equity funding from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Jawbone simultaneously raised an additional $93 million in debt financing.

Next Wave Health, an investment advisory firm and innovator in health information technology, announced that it formed Smart Social Media, Inc. (SSM), a software company dedicated to developing the first enterprise social media platform tailored specifically to the unique needs of the health care market.

Doro announced a partnership with Withings. Doro, which specializes in making phones for seniors, aims to demonstrate that combined with an adapted smartphone, they will increase the acceptance and usage of Withings devices by seniors.

Teladoc, a telehealth platform, raised $15M in funding from undisclosed investors. Teladoc recently acquired Consult A Doctor, expanding its services to small and medium sized businesses.

ZeOmega, a provider of population health management software, raised $21.5M in growth equity funding. The round was led by Bregal Sagemount, with participation from BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be awarding $5.3M in grants to develop health information technology in rural areas. The grants will also help in expanding telehealth services to improve mental health for veterans in these areas.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is giving out $114M in grants to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) about conditions like heart disease, chronic pain, cancer, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, autism, respiratory disorders, and mental health.

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