Professional development training to advance integration of telehealth in Missouri

Missouri Telehealth Network hosted a Telehealth Training Conference November 9-10 in Columbia, Mo. Participants from the health community around the state learned about technical, clinical, operational, legal and regulatory aspects of telehealth. The conference served those who were interested in either starting their own telehealth program, gaining a greater understanding of state and federal policy, […]

A new Kansas partnership hopes to improve access to care in rural Kansas

Last month, the University of Kansas Hospital announced a partnership with Hays Medical Center (HaysMed). Although the two hospitals have worked together several times previously, this is the first time they have signed a letter of intent to form an official partnership. This new partnership will benefit both organizations in several ways. Hays Medical Center […]

KanTel meeting

Right: Kirsten Angell discusses telenutrition reimbursement at October KanTel meeting. During the October meeting of KanTel, the board agreed to recommend to the Kansas Behavioral Science and Regulatory Board that they consider expanding the use of telesupervision in licensing mental health professionals. One of the licensing requirements of mental health professionals is supervision by another […]

Skilled nursing facilities soon eligible for Universal Service Fund

In June President Obama signed legislation that added skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to the Rural Health Care Program (RHC) as an eligible healthcare provider. This means that SNFs can begin applying for funding from the Universal Service Fund on January 1, 2017. Among other things, the program helps subsidizes Internet access to make telehealth services […]

HTRC Director to serve on The National Quality Forum

Heartland Telehealth Resource Center Director Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D, was recently asked to serve on the National Quality Forum (NQF). The NQF is reviewing research to “identify existing and potential telehealth metrics to identify gaps and develop a measure framework, prioritized list of measure concepts, and guiding principles for future telehealth measurement.” The committee will focus […]

HTRC says “goodbye” to Oklahoma director

Though HTRC Oklahoma Director Cynthia Scheideman-Miller has moved on to new endeavors, her telehealth legacy in Oklahoma won’t soon be forgotten. Cynthia has been a dedicated telehealth advocate in the state of Oklahoma for over 20 years. In addition to her years of service to HTRC, Cynthia served as Executive Director of the Telehealth Alliance […]

Oklahoma Congressman tours telehealth sites

U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin visited Salisaw, Okla. recently to learn more about telehealth and the services provided within his district in eastern Oklahoma. HTRC Oklahoma Director Cynthia Scheideman-Miller helped coordinate the visit. The visit began at the Health and Wellness Center in Sallisaw, which is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). This part of the […]

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report recommends changes to Medicare coverage

A new DHHS report recommends changes to Medicare’s telehealth coverage. The report outlines the DHHS’s current legislative proposal to be included in the President’s budget request for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The proposal aims to address many of the existing challenges associated with telemedicine by revamping Medicare’s telehealth coverage. Currently Medicare’s fee-for-service program only covers […]

Show-Me ECHO teams kick off fall season

The Missouri Project ECHO program kicked off the fall season this month with the start of their asthma and endocrinology ECHO programs. The Impact Asthma and Endocrinology ECHO programs meet each Tuesday. The asthma ECHO is from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. and the endocrinology ECHO runs from 12 noon – 1 p.m. See the full […]

Telehealth is coming to a Missouri school near you

Over the past couple years, Missouri has made big strides toward embracing the benefits of telehealth. Legislators have passed bipartisan bills in support of expanding telehealth access, and Missouri became one of the first states to receive state funding for Project ECHO. However, up until recently, schools have struggled to fully implement telemedicine due to […]

Augmented and virtual reality, the next medium for telemedicine

You’ve likely heard of Pokemon GO by now. The gaming phenomenon quickly rose to the top of the mobile game charts last month. One thing you may be unaware of is that the game is one of the first mainstream products to utilize augmented reality (AR). This same technology, along with virtual reality (VR), is […]

The heartland leads the way in telemental health

Last month the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) released a state policy report card for telemental health services. The report, titled “State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Psychologist Clinical Practice Standards & Licensure,” focused on the barriers that impede the use of behavioral health services through telemedicine. Each state was assigned a letter grade from A-F signifying their […]

Kansas looks to expand their Project ECHO offerings

The Kansas Project ECHO, led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, will soon expand their ECHO offerings to include asthma and chronic pain. Project ECHO is a case-based model that uses videoconferencing to connect primary care providers (PCP) to teams of specialists so PCPs can improve their “specialty skills” for a particular chronic condition. […]

The Cherokee Nation recognizes the benefits of ECHO

We have previously covered the success stories of Project ECHO in Missouri and Kansas. Now, recent research has demonstrated Project ECHO to be effective for reducing Hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates among the Cherokee Nation population in Oklahoma. HCV is a silent but deadly disease and the majority of Americans with HCV are not aware that […]

AMA taking steps to ensure quality of telemedicine

During last month’s annual American Medical Association (AMA) meeting, CEO James L. Madara, M.D. focused much of his keynote speech on emerging healthcare technologies and telemedicine. “Today we have really remarkable tools – robotic surgery, new forms of radiation treatment, targeted biologics, and we live in a time of rapid development in the digital world – […]