Practical tips for procuring telehealth reimbursement

In April,  Kansas City Digital Drive, with support from REACH Healthcare Foundation, sponsored a workshop “Reimbursement to Value in Telehealth” to help providers better navigate the telehealth reimbursement universe. HTRC Director Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D served on a panel to discuss telehealth success stories. The day was packed with useful information, according to HTRC Project Director Janine […]

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 […]

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 […]

New USDA telemedicine grants announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the 2016  Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants, with awards from $50,000 to $500,000 for rural providers. While funding cannot be used for salaries, funds can be used to purchase equipment or other capitol assets. Applications are due March 14. In December 2015, three Missouri systems were awarded grants […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

Time to apply for Okla. Universal Services Fund

Attention Oklahoma healthcare facilities: It is time again to apply for the 2015 Oklahoma Universal Service Funds. This is a great way for eligible entities help cover the cost of broadband telemedicine lines. However you must be recertified annually. The recertification form can be found at and must be submitted by February 1, 2015. […]

2015 kicks off new CMS telehealth codes

New Centers for Medicare and Medicaid telehealth codes went into effect January 1.  These codes include coverage for wellness visits and expanded psychotherapy services, as well as chronic care remote management.  Unlike other CMS telehealth codes, the chronic care remote management codes are not limited to health care facilities in rural areas. The chronic care […]

HTRC continues work with Oklahoma legislature

HTRC Sponsored Program Director Cynthia Scheideman-Miller recently presented to Oklahoma’s Government Modernization Committee as part of an interim study. The study, “Leveraging Technology to improve Healthcare Access and Outcomes,” was sponsored by Rep. Glen Mulready (R-Glenpool), who has become a champion of telehealth in the state. Scheideman-Miller’s presentation covered the results of a survey of over 600 […]

CMS expands telehealth coverage in 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) recently released changes to Medicare telehealth policy for 2014 that will add new service regions, expand telehealth coverage, and increase telehealth reimbursement for physicians. Issuing its final rule on the July 2013 proposal to redefine rural, CMS will expand the regions eligible for telehealth reimbursement. Under the new rule, […]

Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma Legislative Summit

The Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma (TAO) recently held a legislative summit to review the current status of telehealth in the nation and Oklahoma and discuss challenges to telehealth adoption in the state. The results of their statewide telemedicine survey of healthcare providers, primarily physicians, was also shared. With over 600 responses, the survey was used […]

OMB public hearing on new telemed rules

On November 7th, the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision held a public hearing on new proposed rules. They voted to adopt a rule that will allow exceptions to how the physician patient relationship is established, making initial visits possible via telemedicine. HTRC’s Candace Shaw and Cynthia Scheideman-Miller, who have worked closely with the […]