American Heart Month: Remote patient monitoring and heart health

Keeping hearts healthy is the focus of February’s American Heart Month, and telehealth is well-positioned to lend a hand. Digital stethoscopes and mobile echocardiograms make it easier for cardiologists to diagnose and treat patients in remote regions. Additionally, patient monitoring devices can collect and relay actionable data from a patient’s home to health care providers […]

Results of Oklahoma Telehealth Utilization Survey

A recent survey sheds light on telehealth use in Oklahoma. The survey, which was collected through a partnership among the Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma Department of Health and Oklahoma Board of Licensure, showed that funding and reimbursement remain top obstacles. Despite the barriers, respondents indicated a vast array of telehealth uses in […]

Missouri legislation would remove more barriers to telehealth

A new Missouri bill, sponsored by Representative Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), aims to reduce telehealth barriers and prevent future enactment of barriers. HB1617 would remove the requirement for a telepresenter except in cases where a second professional would be in the room for an in-person visit. For example, a nurse might be present for an in-person cardiology visit but […]

FCC votes to end net neutrality regulations

In a three to two vote yesterday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted to end net neutrality regulations put in place during the Obama Administration. The likely impact on telehealth is still somewhat unclear, but the following are several articles with pertinent analyses: FCC’s net neutrality change may have big implications for telehealth FCC votes […]

New CMS billing codes for telehealth

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its 2018 Physicians Fee Schedule. Reimbursement for remote patient monitoring of patients with chronic disease is among the most noteworthy changes. Other highlights include the following: New areas of reimbursement include counseling visits to discuss lung cancer screenings and psychotherapy for people in crisis. In an attempt to decrease the administrative burden, CMS […]

Public health meets telehealth

For the second year, National Telehealth Resource Centers, which includes HTRC, exhibited at the American Public Health Association Conference – this year in Atlanta. HTRC Project Director Janine Gracy reflected on the use of telehealth in the public health realm. “Public health professionals are very creative problem solvers and we are here to put our […]

HTRC and a happy patient usher in telehealth in Kansas CAH

Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, Kan. is embracing change under the leadership of CEO Debbie Bruner, and after their first telehealth patient to receive outpatient services “raved about how wonderful it was,” they are increasingly sure they’re headed in the right direction. When a patient requested telehealth two years ago, it was a different story. […]

Meta ECHO Conference 2017

Reaching Project ECHO‘s goal of touching one-billion lives by 2025 looks more attainable with each passing month. The program has proliferated to include 139 ECHO hubs in 23 countries. ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is often described as a force-multiplier, a way to help primary care providers gain specialty care skills that they can then […]

ECHO reducing impact of childhood asthma in Missouri

Deb Cook, RN, AE-C, and her team are serious about impacting asthma. To accomplish this goal, Cook who is the director of health services for the public school system in Kennett, Mo., regularly participates in Show-Me ECHO’s Impact Asthma ECHO. ECHOs (Extenstion for Community Healthcare Outcomes) are virtual learning networks where teams of specialists mentor primary care providers […]

Three more years!

HTRC is pleased to announce an additional three years of funding awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the heartland region, expanding access to quality healthcare for rural and underserved communities in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Here’s to three more years of access, […]

Telehospice providing comfort in rural Kansas

One need look no further than the windshield of a hospice nurse to understand why telehealth is a good fit for hospice. From mud to snow, traveling through rural Kansas can be a challenge, one which determined nurses traverse daily to ensure they can be with their patients in their hour of need. Those trips […]

National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Intensive Course

HTRC Director Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D., recently presented for the HRSA-funded, National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Intensive Course to highlight telehealth programs for pregnant and postpartum women. Nelson overviewed the MomHealth Pilot, an effort to improve outcomes for teen mothers and their children. This innovative intervention augments “traditional” telemental health visits and telesupport groups with iPads preloaded […]

Tribute to a friend and telehealth champion

This week, HTRC joins with other telehealth resource centers (TRC) across the nation in mourning the loss of Mario Gutierrez, executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy. Mr. Gutierrez’s passion for increasing access to quality health care through telehealth was evident in his work at the Center and was an inspiration to us all. […]

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 […]