Telehospice providing comfort in rural Kansas

One need look no further than the windshield of a hospice nurse to understand why telehealth is a good fit for hospice. From mud to snow, traveling through rural Kansas can be a challenge, one which determined nurses traverse daily to ensure they can be with their patients in their hour of need. Those trips […]

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.              

Family physicians are interested in telehealth, few are using

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) indicated that while interest is high, only 15 percent of family practice physicians were using telehealth at the time of the survey.  Of those who had used telehealth in the past year, nearly half had used it 5 times or fewer. […]

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 […]

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

State licensure requirements have been an onerous barrier to telemedicine access, innovation, and expansion, particularly along state borders. But there is good news for physical therapists hoping to practice across borders – the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), developed by the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT), came into effect in April. Washington state […]

Meeting school nurses where they are

School nurses are on the front lines of child health care, but with a growing incidence of chronic conditions among children, they are busier than ever before. With most of their schedules jam-packed with sick kids, how do they find time to stay up-to-date on best practices for treating these chronic conditions? This conundrum was […]

Study finds DTC telehealth visits not a panacea

A study released in the March issue of the Journal of Health Affairs indicates that direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth may not be the cost-savings gold mine that employers are seeking. The study looked at claims data for upper respiratory illnesses, the most common complaint by direct-to-consumer telehealth users. Their data estimated that only about 12 percent […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Seven ways get your home telemonitoring program started

The Center for Connected Health and the Center for Technology and Aging recently took an in-depth look at congestive heart failure and COPD home monitoring programs from across the nation.  Based on this research, they developed a calculator tool to help health care organizations evaluate the cost and benefits of a home monitoring program. In […]

Media today: Now starring telemedicine

Telemedicine has been getting more play lately, thanks to recent stories and interview segments on NPR detailing the benefits of the service in reaching rural patients.  The interest in expanding health care services has only intensified as states prepare to serve thousands of additional new patients due to the expansion of health care coverage provided […]

Kansas telemonitoring project shows promise for reducing hospital admissions

Home telemonitoring works. That’s according to a Kansas-based study recently published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. In the study, co-authored by the HTRC Principal Investigator Ryan Spaulding, researchers showed promising results from a home telemonitoring program that reduced hospital stays for seniors by an average of nearly 11 days per year. The study was conducted […]

Show-Me state success: Reducing readmissions

As Medicare penalties for preventable readmission rates will continue to rise over the next several years, hospitals and providers are scrambling to implement interventions that improve health care quality while reducing cost. Mercy Hospital in Springfield and University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia were among the hospitals that escaped the Accountable Care Act’s (ACA) 2013 penalty […]

Telemedicine closes gaps, says Pres. Bill Clinton

Telemedicine recently received a presidential spotlight when former President Bill Clinton announced the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which will use home telemonitoring as one tool to reduce health care disparities. “Our nation’s rising tide of preventable health problems is alarming because it is ruining the quality and length of life for millions, and driving up […]