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.              

New youth telemental health practice guidelines

According the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, up to 20 percent of all children will develop a mental or behavioral health disorder before age 18. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of those diagnosed receive treatment. So it’s important that providers are making their services more readily available to rural and frontier populations, where economic […]

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 […]

HTRC director publishes telemental health guide

HTRC Director, Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, a professor of pediatrics and telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and licensed psychologist, recently co-authored a new book, A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice by David D. Luxton, PhD , Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD , and Marlene M. Maheu, […]

Professional development training to advance integration of telehealth in Missouri

Missouri Telehealth Network hosted a Telehealth Training Conference November 9-10 in Columbia, Mo. Participants from the health community around the state learned about technical, clinical, operational, legal and regulatory aspects of telehealth. The conference served those who were interested in either starting their own telehealth program, gaining a greater understanding of state and federal policy, […]

mHealth’s role in the war on melanoma

Melanoma is a deadly disease, but detecting it early saves lives. If treated early, melanoma has a 5-year survival rate of 95%. Unfortunately, many people lack access to a dermatologist, making the early detection of melanoma challenging, but mHealth offers a solution. Programs such as Show-Me-ECHO are making progress by using dermatology specialists to remotely train and […]

Learning to listen

The HTRC recently sat down with third-year dermatology resident, Jayantha Thiyanaratnam, known to patients as “Dr. JT,” to talk about how the teledermatology rotation at the University of Missouri School of Medicine has taught him new listening skills. “Because we rely a lot on talking with the patients, telemedicine hones your listening skills,” said Thiyanaratnam. […]

Waiting room app makes a difference for kids with IBD

Adolescents are not known for making nutritious food selections. And while most youths’ bodies can withstand some nutritional imbalance, diet becomes a more challenging issue for youth with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). For those with Crohn’s Disease, a subset of IBD, seemingly innocuous foods like lettuce, blueberries, milk or corn can cause bouts of intense […]

Health communication tip

Don’t assume that prospective mHealth users are familiar with commonly used technology, even if they’re college-age. According to Amy Carmack, project director for a Kansas-based telemental health program, students are not uniformly comfortable with technology, especially in rural areas. Carmack’s program is designed to reach college students with mental health services via their mobile device. […]

Applying health literacy to telehealth

In this video, Stan Hudson, associate director, University of Missouri Center for Health Policy, discusses evidence-based techniques for improving patient-provider communication in a telehealth setting.

Just the Answers, Doc

“Don’t give patients data. Just give them the answer.” – Mitch Wasden, Chief Operating Officer, University of Missouri Health Care. Lab results, and even a bill, can overwhelm patients with information, making them dependent on medical professionals, but Wasden and his team are working to simplify billing and lab results. These simplified versions will then […]

3 Steps to Better Telehealth Encounters: Health communication tips

Telehealth is often cited as a critical tool for increasing access and delivery of health care. But just as critical is how doctors and other providers communicate with patients, no matter whether the visit is in-person or via videoconferencing. To highlight the importance of patient-provider communication, the HTRC and its partners mark October’s Health Literacy […]