The VA announces plans to expand telemental health services around the country

The HTRC has previously reported on the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) commitment to implement telemedicine and their collaboration with the University of Kansas to utilize telemental health. At last month’s American Telemedicine Association annual conference (ATA) in Minneapolis, the VA announced plans to further expand their use of telemental health services across the country. When […]

Dietary consultations: Now available through telemedicine

The Salina Regional Medical Center (SRHC) has worked hard to position themselves at the forefront of telemedicine adoption. In August, 2014 they were recognized as one of HealthCare’s Most Wired Hospitals, and last fall they added a new telemedicine service to their repertoire, dietary consultations. By offering these consultations through telemedicine, patients are able to […]

Project ECHO is making waves on a national scale

People living in rural areas face many challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare, but a recent piece of legislation may bring a solution to this persistent problem. In April, Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah (R) and Brian Schatz of Hawaii (D) introduced a bipartisan bill to the United States Senate known as the Expanding […]

Compacts aim to increase telehealth practice in Kansas and Oklahoma

One of the many benefits of telehealth is that it knows no borders.  In theory, this allows any provider to see any patient, regardless of their location. Unfortunately, things get more convoluted in practice. The complexity of state licensing requirements is one of the biggest barriers impeding telehealth adoption among physicians and nurses. Currently if […]

Montana tackles diabetes head-on with the implementation of a state-wide Diabetes Prevention Program

Recognizing the need to address the growing rate of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the state, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) piloted its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)  in 2008. The program was an overwhelming success, with over 45 percent of participants meeting their weight loss goals.  But in Montana’s rural regions, diabetes […]

CoxHealth is making strides in reproductive care by incorporating telemedicine 

Missouri-based CoxHealth has been finding ways to utilize telemedicine for reproductive healthcare. They have recently developed mhealth and telemedicine services for expecting mothers, and women experiencing fertility issues. CoxHealth’s Baby Beginning app is a resource for expecting mothers. The free app provides information about pregnancy, labor, and newborn care, as well as videos and tools for […]

Update on Oklahoma optometry rule change

Last month, HTRC reported on SB1163, an Oklahoma State Senate bill proposing to expand the definition of optometry to include telehealth. On April 7, 2016, this bill was signed into a law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. The law includes language to improve patient care by creating standards for telehealth practices. According to the Executive […]

KUMC’s TeleECHO program is partnering with rural Kansas communities to treat autism

The rural southeastern Kansas communities of Pittsburg, Coffeyville, and Baxter Springs are partnering with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) as part of a three-year, grant-funded initiative to improve autism and other developmental disorder outcomes in the area. The initiative will use KUMC’s TeleECHO clinics to link autism specialists at the University with primary […]

OUSF misconceptions

Oklahoma Universal Services Fund (OUSF) Misconceptions If you are confused about OUSF funding, you are not alone. Here are some common misconceptions about the program: 1. Oklahoma entities are not required to participate in the Federal Program.    If the healthcare provider is eligible to receive funding from the federal program, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will now require facilities to file […]

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 […]