University of Kansas Pediatric ECHO

The University of Kansas now offers two pediatric ECHOs: one for epilepsy and another for psychopharmacology. ECHOs are teams of specialists who provide interactive feedback to primary care providers on certain topic via video conference. To sign up for an ECHO, please email Carla Deckert at cdeckert@kumc.edu. Scheduled ECHOs 2016 Children and Youth Epilepsy ECHO […]

Movement to end informed consent for telehealth signals change in acceptance

Oklahoma House Bill 2547, sponsored by Representative Glen Mulready, would repeal the section 6804 of the Oklahoma Telemedicine Act that mandates informed consent. While this legislation may not attract much attention, it signals a larger shift in healthcare. Informed consent is a process normally reserved for explaining the risks and benefits of a treatment to […]

NextGen ACOs to remove geographical telehealth restrictions

The Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model is a new initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Open to existing ACOs, CMS states that the new, NextGen model was created to test “whether strong financial incentives can improve health outcomes and reduce expenditures for Medicare fee-for-service patients.” Compared to current ACOs, […]

CMS’s new rule could mean transformation for Medicaid Home Health

Medicaid patients may soon have expanded access to home health care via telehealth. With little fanfare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule in January that face-to-face visits will be required before home health services are provided to Medicaid patients. In order to align the rule with Medicare’s durable medical […]

Kansas Hospital Association hosts telemed workshop

The Kansas Hospital Association recently hosted a telemedicine workshop, “Making a Case for Telemedicine”, with over 65 healthcare administrators and practitioners attending from across the state. KHA members are embracing telehealth according to KHA Vice President of Public Relations Cindy Samuelson. “Telehealth is increasingly vital to KHA members in rural areas,” said Samuelson. “Not only […]

Missouri legislators all in for telehealth

Missouri legislators are seeing the value of telehealth. With representatives from both houses of the state legislature in attendance at the Missouri Telehealth Summit in January, it was clear that telehealth is no longer a quiet player in the delivery of health care services in the Show-Me state. During the legislative panel, Missouri Speaker of […]

Telehealth likely to remain hot topic

As a new year and a new presidential administration begin, telehealth is poised to remain a hot issue on both the state and federal levels. Though the incoming Trump administration has not yet staked out any clear policy position on telehealth, telehealth advocates are hopeful that policy agendas set by the outgoing administration will help […]

MTN research confirms patients love telehealth

For providers worried about offering telehealth, new research from the University of Missouri and Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) puts those qualms to rest. Researchers surveyed Missouri telehealth patients, doctors and technology coordinators across the MTN network. Eighty-three percent of patients agreed that they received skilled care through telehealth. Moreover, over three out of four agreed […]

HTRC helps KS facility plan to provide needed services through telehealth

HTRC Project Director Janine Gracy was recently invited back for an encore presentation to Prairie View, a mental health center in Newton, Kan.  Mary Carmen, Ph.D., vice president of operations and older adult services, asked Gracy to return to talk with Prairie View providers about the value of telehealth services and integration. “We asked Janine […]

Oklahoma expands PA scope-of-practice with telehealth

Oklahoma, like most regions of the U.S., faces a primary care shortage. But a new law that went into effect November 1, marked another step in the Sooner State’s effort to improve primary care access via telemedicine. New legislation allows physicians to supervise physicians’ assistants (PA) via telecommunications and eliminates the requirement that supervising physicians […]

Three Missouri facilities awarded USDA telemedicine grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the 2015 recipients ofDistance Learning and Telemedicine grants. HTRC congratulates the three Missouri facilities that were awarded grants: Compass Health, Inc………………………………..$123,000 Bates County Memorial Hospital………………….$265,000 Lester E. Cox Medical Centers…………………….$287,000 Missouri Telehealth Network, HTRC’s Missouri partner, provided a letter of support to Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, […]

Telehealth Straight Talk: FaceTime lets INTEGRIS offer patient care anytime, anywhere

With more people using real-time video platforms like FaceTime to communicate, INTEGRIS Health recently began using this technology to offer convenient care to Oklahomans no matter where they are. Through INTEGRIS Virtual Visit, patients can connect with a health care provider anytime, anywhere via any web-integrated device. That includes mobile smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs and other connected devices. Patients have […]

Three tips to help you avoid telemedicine faux pas

Learning telemedicine isn’t just about the technology – there’s etiquette involved, just like in an in-person visit. You can help your staff and providers avoid potential faux pas by picking up tips from experienced telemedicine providers. In this video, Missouri Telehealth Network Medical Director Dr. Karen Edison shares proven tips from her 20 years of […]

New report shows slow, steady movement toward enhanced telehealth policy

A July report from the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), State Telehealth Laws and Medicaid Program Policies, indicates steady improvements in telehealth reimbursement for Medicaid. According to the report, 47 state Medicaid programs now reimburse for live video visits, up three from last year. Remote patient monitoring lags behind, with just 16 states reimbursing, Kansas among […]

Seeking Missouri PCPs who want to improve outcomes for diabetic patients

Are you a Missouri primary care provider (PCP) who wants to do more to improve health outcomes for diabetic patients? Missouri Telehealth Network’s innovative Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program can help you accomplish this goal through the unique telehealth mentoring program. Participants will join via videoconference to present de-identified case studies to […]