School nurses vital to implementation of school telehealth program

Children’s Health Dallas has implemented one of the country’s most successful school telehealth programs. Children’s VP of Virtual Health and Innovation Julie-Hall Barrow, Ed.D., who recently keynoted the Missouri Telehealth Summit, sat down with HTRC to talk about the important role school nurses have played in that success of that program and why telehealth in […]

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 […]

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 […]

TAO welcomes new executive director

The Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma recently announced Dawn Watson will serve as the new executive director. Watson most recently served as the Oklahoma Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, leading the organization’s advocacy efforts in the state. Prior, she served as a research analyst on the nonpartisan staff of the […]

Two telehealth bills introduced in Kansas House

Two pieces of telehealth legislation were introduced to the Kansas House of Representatives over the past two weeks, House Bill 2206 and House Bill 2254. HB 2206 is a parity bill that requires individual and group health insurance policies, along with KanCare (Medicaid), to provide coverage and payment for telehealth services at the same rate […]

ATA’s new report on Medicaid coverage: Regional breakdown

The American Telemedicine Association recently released an updated report on the status of telemedicine coverage and reimbursement for state Medicaid programs. Oklahoma was among nine states awarded an overall grade of “A,” up from a “B” last year. Missouri, Kansas and 32 other states received a “B.” Here is a quick breakdown of what the […]

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 […]

Telehealth program implementation strategies revealed

The Telehealth ROCKS (Rural Outreach for Children of Kansas) grant, now in its second year, seeks to improve treatment and assessment of children with developmental and behavioral health challenges in rural Southeastern Kansas. In September 2016, the project started accepting referrals. The schools or providers identify parents who are interested in services via telehealth and […]

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 […]

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, […]

Indian Health Workshop

Connectivity continues to be a key factor in the delayed implementation of telehealth, particularly for those of rural and isolated Indian American and American Native communities, where Indian Health Services are essential in treating the underserved. In order to address connectivity, reimbursement and other barriers to telehealth implementation, the Health Resources and Services Administration and […]

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

Telesupervision in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma

Many rural communities of the heartland suffer from a shortage of health professionals able to provide quality, affordable, timely care for community members. While telehealth can be used to connect rural patients to urban providers, increasingly, state licensing boards are considering the role that telehealth can play in bringing more providers to town – in […]

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, […]