State telehealth regulation quick reference guides

Looking for a quick, easy-to-digest summary of telehealth regulations by state? HTRC maintains state-by-state quick reference guides for Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. These guides are meant to serve as a starting point for reimbursement and regulations, but please contact HTRC for more detailed information at 877-643-HTRC.              

Show-Me ECHO funding restored

Show-Me ECHO recently received good news from the Missouri legislature – they voted to restore funding that had been cut from Governor Eric Greiten’s budget. The governor’s budget would have reduced funding to $1.3 million but the project will now be fully funded at $1.5 million. Two of the ECHO specialty clinics, Chronic Pain Management […]

Senator Moran (R-Kan.) convenes hearing to discuss VA Telemedicine

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, hosted a hearing on May 5 to hear testimony on telehealth use in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives in the public and private sector discussed increasing access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs for veterans, specifically through telemedicine programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Moran, […]

Legislative Update

Many legislative bodies are approaching the midpoint of their legislative sessions and telehealth has been on the agenda in all three states in HTRC’s coverage area. The list below provides updates on telehealth-related legislation. Kansas Last month KanTel members presented to the Kansas House Committee on Health and Human Services in support of insurance parity […]

Six tips you must know for telehealth funding

Last month, HTRC Director Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D. presented the monthly Telehealth Resource Center webinar. Tapping into her years of experience and millions of dollars worth of telehealth funding procured, she summarized these tips for grant funding success: 1. Know whose expertise do you need at the table to make a compelling case. Encourage multiple perspectives […]

Missouri Governor cuts telehealth funding

Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, recently announced deep budget cuts to higher education, social services and transportation. Among the cuts were two that will directly impact telehealth in Missouri. The governor withheld $121,250 from the budget of Missouri Telehealth Network, money that was planned for use in Show-Me ECHO, Missouri’s telementoring program for primary care […]

National ECHO bill heads to House

On November 29, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed SB 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. Though it does not appropriate any funding, the act would authorize the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services to study the ECHO model developed by the University of New Mexico to evaluate its effectiveness on a […]

Sunflower Foundation Capacity Building Grants

The Sunflower Foundation is now accepting proposals for capacity building grants. Nonprofit organizations providing health services to underserved populations in Kansas are invited to submit by February 15, 2017. These are one-year grant awards of up to $30,000. More information

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 […]

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 […]

New USDA telemedicine grants announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the 2016  Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants, with awards from $50,000 to $500,000 for rural providers. While funding cannot be used for salaries, funds can be used to purchase equipment or other capitol assets. Applications are due March 14. In December 2015, three Missouri systems were awarded grants […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 and must be submitted by February 1, 2015. […]

USDA Distance Learning and Telehealth Grant

The USDA recently held a grant funding workshop in Columbia, Mo., aimed at encouraging health care attendees to apply for USDA rural development grants and loans to help develop rural economies and improve health. Among the speakers was Christopher Collins, regional field representative for USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and Telecommunications Program. Collins encouraged attendees to consider […]