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 […]

Oklahoma Congressman tours telehealth sites

U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin visited Salisaw, Okla. recently to learn more about telehealth and the services provided within his district in eastern Oklahoma. HTRC Oklahoma Director Cynthia Scheideman-Miller helped coordinate the visit. The visit began at the Health and Wellness Center in Sallisaw, which is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). This part of the […]

Introducing KanTel, telehealth advisory board in Kansas

Kansas telehealth has a new champion – a newly formed advisory group striving to make telehealth more accessible to residents and providers in the state. The advisory board, known as KanTel, grew out of a need for telehealth experts and legislatures to work together towards improving telehealth adoption in Kansas. The group hopes to serve as […]

Expansion of Telehealth to Allied Health Practices in Oklahoma

Allied health professionals like speech language pathologists (SLP); occupational and physical therapists; and dietitians are increasingly incorporating telehealth into their practice. Last month, the Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Chapter of HIMSS held an allied health forum to discuss the current status and barriers influencing telehealth adoption among these professionals. “There are a […]

Dietary consultations: Now available through telemedicine

The Salina Regional Medical Center (SRHC) has worked hard to position themselves at the forefront of telemedicine adoption. In August, 2014 they were recognized as one of HealthCare’s Most Wired Hospitals, and last fall they added a new telemedicine service to their repertoire, dietary consultations. By offering these consultations through telemedicine, patients are able to […]

Telehealth may expand Oklahoman’s access to optometrists

A bill to expand telehealth in the field of optometry is currently making its way through the Oklahoma State Senate. Senate Bill No. 1163 proposes the use of “…applications designed to be used on a computer or video conferencing via an Internet device either in person or in remote locations…” According to HTRC’s Cynthia Scheiderman-Miller […]

Bipartisan, federal legislation would mark a major advancement in telehealth coverage

Medicare may soon be lifting many of its telehealth restrictions. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) Act, better known as the CONNECT for Health Act, is a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress in February. The Act would eliminate section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act, which includes several key barriers […]

NextGen ACOs to remove geographical telehealth restrictions

The Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model is a new initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Open to existing ACOs, CMS states that the new, NextGen model was created to test “whether strong financial incentives can improve health outcomes and reduce expenditures for Medicare fee-for-service patients.” Compared to current ACOs, […]

CMS’s new rule could mean transformation for Medicaid Home Health

Medicaid patients may soon have expanded access to home health care via telehealth. With little fanfare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule in January that face-to-face visits will be required before home health services are provided to Medicaid patients. In order to align the rule with Medicare’s durable medical […]

Kansas Hospital Association hosts telemed workshop

The Kansas Hospital Association recently hosted a telemedicine workshop, “Making a Case for Telemedicine”, with over 65 healthcare administrators and practitioners attending from across the state. KHA members are embracing telehealth according to KHA Vice President of Public Relations Cindy Samuelson. “Telehealth is increasingly vital to KHA members in rural areas,” said Samuelson. “Not only […]

How helpful is the TRC Listserv? Survey says…

While new technology and software apps seem to launch every day, more traditional technologies, like listservs, can get a bad rap. Omer Malik, an MU Health Management and Informatics student and former Missouri Telehealth Network intern, recently examined this issue for the national Telehealth Resource Center (TRC) listserv and shared findings during a University of […]

Telepresenter best practices

A good virtual visit is more than just the technology. In this HTRC telepresenter training video, our Oklahoma experts share two polar-opposite scenarios demonstrate how to make the most of a virtual visit and improve the quality of the interaction for patients and providers. Simple things from body language to office lighting, can influence the patient’s […]

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 […]

MTN builds capacity for Mexico

Missouri Telehealth Network has continued to extend its global reach. Last year a contingent of MTN representatives traveled to Serbia to help set up a national telemedicine network, and this summer MTN hosted Paulina Vazquez Maldonado, a public health graduate student from Morelos, Mexico. Vazquez, who is writing a grant to start a diabetes telemedicine program, […]

What doors can HTRC open for you?

HTRC client, Debbie Knoke, CEO of Sequoyah Memorial Hospital says that working with HTRC paid dividends in planning and finding funding for their program. “[HTRC] has just opened up a whole new world for us, [including funding ] opportunities, with ideas, [and] connections about how we all can work together to reach out to people. […]