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 […]

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 […]