Medicaid turns 50

This July, the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC) salutes Medicare and Medicaid on its 50th anniversary. First signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30th 1965, Medicare has served as a vital part of our health care system ever since. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that the Medicare reimbursement policy underwent the […]

Oklahoma telemedicine leader retires

All of us at HTRC extend our heartfelt congratulations to Oklahoma HTRC partner, Candace Shaw, on her recent retirement and thank her for her 21 years of dedication to supporting telemedicine in Oklahoma. Working as the director of the Center for Telemedicine at the University of Oklahoma since 1997, Shaw has guided and shaped the […]

Missouri telehealth project lands state funding

Missouri just became one of the first states in the nation to receive state funding, totaling $1.5 million, to implement Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a revolutionary use of telemedicine.  ECHO allows a panel of experts in population centers to mentor and share their expertise with primary care providers in outlying parts of […]

Kansas works to connect special needs families to care

Key health care and government leaders met in Topeka, Kan. recently to launch a telehealth project to improve access to care for Kansas children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs reported that 21 percent of Kansas CSHCN have health conditions that frequently affect their activities; yet […]

New proposed Medicare rules

CMS recently released its proposed Medicare rules for 2016. The proposed rules would add a telehealth CPT code for prolonged inpatient services and end stage renal disease. Additionally, the rules would add certified registered nurse anesthetists as covered telehealth providers. The proposal is open for public comment through August.

Oklahoma TeleBurn Survey

Attention Oklahoma hospital providers and administrators: Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey from Integris Health:

Connect and go: Better tech leads to tele-oncology expansion in Salina, Kan.

The Tammy Walker Cancer Center (TWCC) in Salina, Kan., just added a second site to their growing tele-oncology program. According to Patient Navigator Lynn Marshall, tablets and better teleconferencing platforms have given TWCC the flexibility they need to expand their reach to a second clinic in North Central Kansas.    “Telehealth used to be this giant […]

Aspiring health care professionals introduced to telehealth

Ellsworth County Medical Center (ECMC) recognizes the importance of telehealth and is already preparing the health care professionals of tomorrow for using telemedicine in their careers. That’s why recently they invited HTRC Project Director Janine Gracy to introduce telehealth at their annual CampMed for Kansas high school students who are planning to pursue a health […]

Five promising technologies from CES2015

The top innovators in consumer technologies met in Las Vegas recently for the International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES®). The CES is frequently used as a launch pad for new technologies and projects from global tech giants to the hottest venture-capital start-ups. HTRC’s Cynthia Scheideman-Miller and Candace Shaw were there and spent time with many […]

Oklahoma Medicaid takes steps to increase telehealth coverage

HTRC commends the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), the administrators of the state’s Medicaid program, for taking steps to expand coverage of telehealth services. OHCA’s proposed rule changes, if passed, will increase access for urban Oklahomans, cover primary care services and reimburse care wherever the patient is, including patients’ homes, foster homes and nursing homes. […]

Show-Me ECHO launches early to bring needed pain relief

Missouri has expanded the groundbreaking telehealth Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, or ECHO, program with the launch of Show-Me ECHO. Based on the Project ECHO model established by Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Show-Me ECHO uses video conferencing technology to link primary care providers with specialists who provide expert guidance on cases. Originally slated to launch in January […]

Oklahoma Telehealth Conference: Transforming OK health care

This year’s Oklahoma Telehealth Conference was truly transformative, bringing together over 100 attendees from all over the state to learn how telemedicine and mHealth can increase access and quality of health care for Oklahomans. Sponsored by HTRC, the Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma and OU Medicine, the conference featured mHealth pioneers, including David Doherty, co-founder of the […]

$12 million grant awarded to KU Hospital and partners

HTRC congratulates the University of Kansas Hospital, Hays Medical Center and twelve western Kansas critical access hospitals and FQHCs on their recent $12 million grant award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The grant is among thirty-nine Health Care Innovation Awards from the CMS Innovation Center that were recently announced by the […]