Oklahoma Focus on Telehealth Slideshow

The recent Focus on Telehealth workshop in Oklahoma City, Okla. featured hands-on stations so attendees could learn telepresenting tips and tricks from experts at each station. But for those of you who could not attend the workshop, check out this slideshow for a whirlwind tour of telehealth tips! The workshop was sponsored by the Telehealth […]

Three things to love about Oklahoma Medicaid’s expanded telehealth coverage

Starting September 1, Oklahoma Medicaid, also known as Sooner Care, will expand coverage of telemedicine thanks to the actions of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). Primary care coverage: For those in remote areas, even getting to a primary care physician can be a chore. Starting September 1, primary care is covered and even the initial […]

Medicaid turns 50

This July, the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC) salutes Medicare and Medicaid on its 50th anniversary. First signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30th 1965, Medicare has served as a vital part of our health care system ever since. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that the Medicare reimbursement policy underwent the […]

Oklahoma telemedicine leader retires

All of us at HTRC extend our heartfelt congratulations to Oklahoma HTRC partner, Candace Shaw, on her recent retirement and thank her for her 21 years of dedication to supporting telemedicine in Oklahoma. Working as the director of the Center for Telemedicine at the University of Oklahoma since 1997, Shaw has guided and shaped the […]

Missouri telehealth project lands state funding

Missouri just became one of the first states in the nation to receive state funding, totaling $1.5 million, to implement Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a revolutionary use of telemedicine.  ECHO allows a panel of experts in population centers to mentor and share their expertise with primary care providers in outlying parts of […]

Kansas works to connect special needs families to care

Key health care and government leaders met in Topeka, Kan. recently to launch a telehealth project to improve access to care for Kansas children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs reported that 21 percent of Kansas CSHCN have health conditions that frequently affect their activities; yet […]

New proposed Medicare rules

CMS recently released its proposed Medicare rules for 2016. The proposed rules would add a telehealth CPT code for prolonged inpatient services and end stage renal disease. Additionally, the rules would add certified registered nurse anesthetists as covered telehealth providers. The proposal is open for public comment through August.

Oklahoma TeleBurn Survey

Attention Oklahoma hospital providers and administrators: Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey from Integris Health: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/eBurnSurvey

Connect and go: Better tech leads to tele-oncology expansion in Salina, Kan.

The Tammy Walker Cancer Center (TWCC) in Salina, Kan., just added a second site to their growing tele-oncology program. According to Patient Navigator Lynn Marshall, tablets and better teleconferencing platforms have given TWCC the flexibility they need to expand their reach to a second clinic in North Central Kansas.    “Telehealth used to be this giant […]

Aspiring health care professionals introduced to telehealth

Ellsworth County Medical Center (ECMC) recognizes the importance of telehealth and is already preparing the health care professionals of tomorrow for using telemedicine in their careers. That’s why recently they invited HTRC Project Director Janine Gracy to introduce telehealth at their annual CampMed for Kansas high school students who are planning to pursue a health […]

HTRC partners organize events to help educate policy makers on telehealth issues

As policy makers work to help meet coverage gaps in their states, telehealth has increasingly entered legislative conversations. According to the National Law Review, this conversation is only going to grow: “In the 113th Congress there was a proliferation of policy and industry attention on telehealth, health IT, and mHealth as lawmakers and stakeholders alike […]

Five promising technologies from CES2015

The top innovators in consumer technologies met in Las Vegas recently for the International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES®). The CES is frequently used as a launch pad for new technologies and projects from global tech giants to the hottest venture-capital start-ups. HTRC’s Cynthia Scheideman-Miller and Candace Shaw were there and spent time with many […]

Time to apply for Okla. Universal Services Fund

Attention Oklahoma healthcare facilities: It is time again to apply for the 2015 Oklahoma Universal Service Funds. This is a great way for eligible entities help cover the cost of broadband telemedicine lines. However you must be recertified annually. The recertification form can be found at http://www.occeweb.com/pu/OUSF/OUSF.htm and must be submitted by February 1, 2015. […]