2017 “Most Wired” Hospitals

The 2017 Most Wired list is out and 23 hospitals in the HTRC region made the list! University of Missouri Health Care was one of the three award winners in the Innovator category. The award was based on the MoodTrek smartphone app, an innovation in the field of mental health that allows patients to securely track their mood, […]

Opioid epidemic gets a helping hand from telehealth

All too often we hear the grim account on the evening news – another life lost in the opioid use crisis. Over 33,000 people died in the United States in 2015 alone, of opioid overdose and the impact is devastating on families and communities. But it is not all bad news – increasingly, states and organizations are […]

State telehealth regulation quick reference guides

Looking for a quick, easy-to-digest summary of telehealth regulations by state? HTRC maintains state-by-state quick reference guides for Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. These guides are meant to serve as a starting point for reimbursement and regulations, but please contact HTRC for more detailed information at 877-643-HTRC.              

Family physicians are interested in telehealth, few are using

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) indicated that while interest is high, only 15 percent of family practice physicians were using telehealth at the time of the survey.  Of those who had used telehealth in the past year, nearly half had used it 5 times or fewer. […]

New youth telemental health practice guidelines

According the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, up to 20 percent of all children will develop a mental or behavioral health disorder before age 18. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of those diagnosed receive treatment. So it’s important that providers are making their services more readily available to rural and frontier populations, where economic […]

Show-Me ECHO funding restored

Show-Me ECHO recently received good news from the Missouri legislature – they voted to restore funding that had been cut from Governor Eric Greiten’s budget. The governor’s budget would have reduced funding to $1.3 million but the project will now be fully funded at $1.5 million. Two of the ECHO specialty clinics, Chronic Pain Management […]

Senator Moran (R-Kan.) convenes hearing to discuss VA Telemedicine

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, hosted a hearing on May 5 to hear testimony on telehealth use in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives in the public and private sector discussed increasing access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs for veterans, specifically through telemedicine programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Moran, […]

Practical tips for procuring telehealth reimbursement

In April,  Kansas City Digital Drive, with support from REACH Healthcare Foundation, sponsored a workshop “Reimbursement to Value in Telehealth” to help providers better navigate the telehealth reimbursement universe. HTRC Director Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D served on a panel to discuss telehealth success stories. The day was packed with useful information, according to HTRC Project Director Janine […]

HTRC partners present at National Rural Health Association Conference

Representatives from HTRC partners Missouri Telehealth Network and University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth recently presented on Project ECHO and telehealth at the National Rural Health Association Conference in San Diego. Carla Decker, director of Project ECHO at the University of Kansas and Rachel Mutrux, director of Missouri Telehealth Network were invited to […]

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

State licensure requirements have been an onerous barrier to telemedicine access, innovation, and expansion, particularly along state borders. But there is good news for physical therapists hoping to practice across borders – the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), developed by the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT), came into effect in April. Washington state […]

New opportunity for Kansas docs to practice telemed across state lines

Kansas is one of only seven states where physicians can now apply for expedited licensure to practice telehealth across state lines. This opportunity, courtesy of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, is currently limited to the other member states. Although 18 states have joined the compact, according to mHealth Intelligence, 11 states have encountered implementation delays because […]

Meeting school nurses where they are

School nurses are on the front lines of child health care, but with a growing incidence of chronic conditions among children, they are busier than ever before. With most of their schedules jam-packed with sick kids, how do they find time to stay up-to-date on best practices for treating these chronic conditions? This conundrum was […]

School nurses vital to implementation of school telehealth program

Children’s Health Dallas has implemented one of the country’s most successful school telehealth programs. Children’s VP of Virtual Health and Innovation Julie-Hall Barrow, Ed.D., who recently keynoted the Missouri Telehealth Summit, sat down with HTRC to talk about the important role school nurses have played in that success of that program and why telehealth in […]

Study finds DTC telehealth visits not a panacea

A study released in the March issue of the Journal of Health Affairs indicates that direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth may not be the cost-savings gold mine that employers are seeking. The study looked at claims data for upper respiratory illnesses, the most common complaint by direct-to-consumer telehealth users. Their data estimated that only about 12 percent […]

Legislative Update

Many legislative bodies are approaching the midpoint of their legislative sessions and telehealth has been on the agenda in all three states in HTRC’s coverage area. The list below provides updates on telehealth-related legislation. Kansas Last month KanTel members presented to the Kansas House Committee on Health and Human Services in support of insurance parity […]