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News: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Releases Report to Congress On Medicare Payment Policy

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:02:33 -0500

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its March 2018 Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, which includes analyses of the payment adequacy in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and a review of the status of Medicare Advantage (MA) and the prescription drug benefit, Part D. Also includes recommendations for changes and responds to a Congressional mandate on telehealth in Medicare.

Event: 2018 7th Annual Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center Telemedicine Conference

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:17:11 -0500

Salt Lake City UT
October 1, 2018 -- Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center

Event: Change Management Strategies to Promote Telehealth Adoption

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:24:48 -0500

-- Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center

Event: Telepharmacy in the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:20:41 -0500

-- Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center

News: FCC: Connect America Fund; Rule

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:41:34 -0500

Final rule from the Federal Communications Commission which approves a three-year information collection for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction (CAF-II auction) which was originally proposed on July 9, 2014. The effective date of the rule is March 13, 2018.

News: Project ECHO Uses Telehealth to Improve Population Health: What’s Next for States?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:41:56 -0600

Highlights Project ECHO, a virtual learning and training model that uses video teleconferencing to improve access to healthcare for underserved people, focusing on the strides it has made in New Mexico as well as the other ways in which states have or will be deploying Project ECHO.

News: Telehealth Gives Rural Tennessee Residents Access to Specialist Care

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:56:06 -0600

Highlights the efforts of Tennessee's University Clinical Health, a physician group associated with the University of Tennessee's College of Medicine, to bring telehealth to rural and remote areas of west Tennessee. Two clinics serving McKenzie and Tipton counties will provide access to specialists through community health centers, clinics, and schools.

News: RUS: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:22:53 -0600

Notice from USDA Rural Utilities Services affirming the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2017 which amended regulations for implementing the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program.

Event: 2018 NTCA Legislative & Policy Conference

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:17:01 -0600

Washington DC
April 15, 2018 -- NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association

Resource: 2018 Telehealth Reimbursement

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:57:26 -0600

Provides an overview of Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services and discusses factors, policies, and legislation affecting reimbursement including: geographic and originating site restrictions; provider restrictions; service restrictions; chronic care management and remote monitoring; Medicare Advantage; Accountable Care Organizations, bundled care, and telehealth. Covers Medicaid and private payer telehealth reimbursement policies. -- Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center

Resource: 2018 Telehealth Policy Barriers

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:04:08 -0600

Discusses existing policy barriers at the federal and state level that inhibit the use of telehealth in rural and urban areas, including: reimbursement; malpractice; licensing; HIPAA/privacy/security; prescribing; credentialing and privileging; and other influences on policy. -- Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center

News: VA Launches Telehealth Program for Rural Vets with PTSD

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:55:16 -0600

Details a pilot telehealth program created by the VHA Office of Rural Health and the VHA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative that will allow veterans to access psychotherapy and related services at their local clinics via telehealth. This program, Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP), also seeks to reduce the stigma faced by veterans by providing mental health services in a primary care setting.

Resource: New Mexico Mobile Screening Program for Miners Brings Care to the Patients

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:08:05 -0600

Highlights a New Mexico program that uses screenings, specialty care via telehealth, and collaboration to meet the healthcare needs of miners with occupational lung disease. Services are provided via a mobile screening clinic housed in a semi that goes to 12 locations in the state. -- Rural Health Information Hub

Event: 2018 4th Annual Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:17:54 -0600

Portland ME
June 5, 2018 -- Northeast Telehealth Resource Center

Resource: Case Studies of Telehealth Programs in New York

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:32:48 -0600

Synthesizes information from 7 case studies of healthcare providers who regularly use telehealth applications in service delivery, including those who serve patients in rural communities. Identifies common themes and findings related to the impact of these services on provider organizations and patient populations. Featured programs include those emphasizing oral health, home care, and psychiatric care. -- Center for Health Workforce Studies

Event: 2018 4th Annual Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPS)

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:49:05 -0600

Glendale AZ
October 8, 2018 -- Arizona Telemedicine Program, Four Corners Telehealth Consortium, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center

Event: 2018 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:48:06 -0600

Minneapolis MN
April 9, 2018 -- Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center

Resource: Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Virtual Care Strategies

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:29:58 -0600

Discusses opportunities to use telehealth to improve healthcare access and delivery to vulnerable rural and urban communities. Includes recommendations from the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities and details the benefits of telehealth services and potential policy solutions such as reimbursement, interaction of state and federal laws, broadband access, and federal research. -- American Hospital Association

Resource: Case Study: Partnership Enables Hospital to Provide Local Access to 24-Hour Health Care Through Telemedicine

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:54:21 -0600

Shares the approach of Seward, Nebraska-based Memorial Health Care Systems' "convenience campaign," which focuses on using technology to meet the needs of a younger-than-average patient base. By partnering with Bryan Telemedicine and utilizing new technologies, Memorial Health Care Systems was able to improve healthcare accessibility through same-day clinics, online communications, and 24/7 virtual care.

Resource: State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:27:02 -0600

Provides a summary of telehealth-related laws and reimbursement policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using policy language available in each state as of October 2017. The primary focus of the report is on Medicaid coverage for telehealth services but also includes references to state policies that require private insurer payment for the service. Interactive map allows results to be narrowed by state. -- Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center

Resource: 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016)

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:31:46 -0500

Provides an overview of the current state of telemental health policies. For every state in the U.S., includes state specific information for multiple descriptors regarding telehealth, such as the definition of telehealth and telemental services, scope of practice restrictions, licensing requirements, criteria for establishing a provider-patient relationship, confidentiality requirements, restrictions regarding minors, and requirements for follow-up care, among others.

Resource: Using Telehealth to Improve Quality and Safety: Findings from the AHRQ Health IT Portfolio

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:32:50 -0500

Details a report on AHRQ-funded telehealth projects that were designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and cost of care provided to patients. Discusses technical challenges encountered during the projects, as well as lessons learned. Most of the projects discussed are from rural locations, see Table 1 on page 4 for location details. -- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Event: 2018 Annual Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Telehealth Summit

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:44:10 -0500

Hershey PA
April 15, 2018 -- Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center

Resource: Practice Guidelines for Telestroke

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:36:49 -0500

Details guidelines for telestroke services to assist providers with the assessment, diagnosis, management, and/or remote consultative support with patients showing signs and symptoms of a stroke using real time videoconferencing technology. -- American Telemedicine Association

Resource: Practice Guidelines for Telemental Health with Children and Adolescents

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:30:01 -0500

Details guidelines for telemental health services for providers delivering mental and behavioral health services through real time videoconferencing to children and adolescents. Includes the top ten modifications of telemental health practice when working with children and adolescents. -- American Telemedicine Association

Resource: Medicaid Financing Models for Project ECHO

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:41:26 -0500

Explains the different Medicaid financing mechanisms available for supporting current and potential Project ECHO strategies. Options are listed in table format and organized into three categories: managed care, care management programs, and value-based payment strategies and integrated care programs. -- Center for Health Care Strategies

Resource: Financing Project ECHO: Options for State Medicaid Programs

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:37:55 -0500

Outlines how four states - California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon - are using Medicaid funds to support Project ECHO and enhance services for rural and other at-risk populations. Also shares design considerations for specific delivery system environments, and ways to ensure long-term program sustainability. -- Center for Health Care Strategies

Resource: Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:44:20 -0500

Report intended to advance telehealth quality measurement by developers, researchers, analysts, and other members of the healthcare community. Includes case studies of several programs geared toward patients in rural areas. -- National Quality Forum

Resource: The Persistent Health Care Gap for Children Living in Poverty: Will the Health Technology Revolution Level the Playing Field?

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:41:51 -0500

Discusses the need for and the challenges to expanding healthcare technology for medically underserved children living in poverty stricken areas and in rural areas. Highlights the potential to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes through the use of electronic health records, telehealth, mobile medical clinics and diagnostic tools, and mobile communication devices. Offers recommendations for accelerating the use of technology in rural and underserved areas. -- Children's Health Fund

Resource: Madison Outreach and Services through Telehealth (MOST) Network

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:16:18 -0500

Video featuring the Madison Outreach Services through Telehealth (MOST) Network, which serves the Hispanic/Latino population of Brazos Valley, Texas. Highlights their partnership with Texas A&M’s Telehealth Counseling Clinic, where doctoral-level students and promotoras connect with patients in remote clinics to offer mental health and substance abuse counseling. -- Rural Health Information Hub