Regulatory News- October 2015

  Patient advocates call for expanded Medicare coverage of telehealth The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) recently called on Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expanded telehealth coverage in order to increase access to healthcare. NPAF caseworkers say telehealth would help address this need for care since patients continue to report a lack of […]

What happens in an ECHO?

  Insights from Missouri’s Show-Me ECHO on asthma Show-Me ECHO®, the revolutionary learning module that teaches specialty skills to primary care providers via telehealth, could help change the health care landscape in Missouri. Recently, the Heartland Telehealth team sat in on an IMPACT Asthma ECHO to learn more. Every Tuesday, a team of asthma specialists meets […]

Kansas Telehealth ROCKS Update

Telehealth Rocks Grant recipients focus on child poverty in rural communities More children and communities across Kansas will now have access to telehealth services thanks to the Telehealth Rocks grant, awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant Program.  The University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institution […]

Project Echo Webinars

Over the next few months, Missouri Telehealth Network will be sponsoring a learning opportunity to primary care providers about Project ECHO®, a model for training and skill-building in specialized care. The Show-Me Echo clinics for each condition are listed below. The first webinar takes place Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 12-1 p.m. Contact information for registration can also be […]

Enhanced nurse licensure compact increases patients’ access to care

Telehealth is a tool that helps nurses and other providers reach patients. But regulations can get tricky, especially when care reaches across state lines.  In an effort to improve access and continuity of care, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is mounting a renewed effort to eliminate that barrier through their enhanced Nurse Licensure […]

University of Missouri mHealth innovations make news

Scientists at University of Missouri have made national and regional headlines for two separate studies aimed at assessing the value of mHealth applications. App helps patients with depression, psychiatrists manage mood, activity levels Developed by University of Missouri researchers, MoodTrek™ is an app that allows patients struggling with depression to log their moods, sleep patterns, and activity […]

Salina Regional to expand telehealth program

Salina Regional Health Center (SRHC) of Salina, Kan. recently announced plans to scale up their pilot telehealth program, expanding services to other specialties and to 14 distant sites. But if there’s one thing Kelsey Blackburn, SRHC system referral coordinator has learned, it’s that it can take a lot of coaching to get staff on the […]

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 […]

Nurse to nurse telehealth tip article

In a recent article on, Dr. Susan Sportsman discussed telehealth, and the important role nurses play. According to Dr. Sportsman’s article, “The global telemedicine market will be worth $34 billion by 2020 … and by 2018, more than 65 percent of interactions between patients and healthcare organizations will occur via mobile devices…” The telehealth […]

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 […]