State telehealth regulation quick reference guides

Looking for a quick, easy-to-digest summary of telehealth regulations by state? HTRC maintains state-by-state quick reference guides for Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. These guides are meant to serve as a starting point for reimbursement and regulations, but please contact HTRC for more detailed information at 877-643-HTRC.              

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

State licensure requirements have been an onerous barrier to telemedicine access, innovation, and expansion, particularly along state borders. But there is good news for physical therapists hoping to practice across borders – the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), developed by the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT), came into effect in April. Washington state […]

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 […]

Show-Me ECHO teams kick off fall season

The Missouri Project ECHO program kicked off the fall season this month with the start of their asthma and endocrinology ECHO programs. The Impact Asthma and Endocrinology ECHO programs meet each Tuesday. The asthma ECHO is from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. and the endocrinology ECHO runs from 12 noon – 1 p.m. See the full […]

Telehealth is coming to a Missouri school near you

Over the past couple years, Missouri has made big strides toward embracing the benefits of telehealth. Legislators have passed bipartisan bills in support of expanding telehealth access, and Missouri became one of the first states to receive state funding for Project ECHO. However, up until recently, schools have struggled to fully implement telemedicine due to […]

The heartland leads the way in telemental health

Last month the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) released a state policy report card for telemental health services. The report, titled “State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Psychologist Clinical Practice Standards & Licensure,” focused on the barriers that impede the use of behavioral health services through telemedicine. Each state was assigned a letter grade from A-F signifying their […]

The Cherokee Nation recognizes the benefits of ECHO

We have previously covered the success stories of Project ECHO in Missouri and Kansas. Now, recent research has demonstrated Project ECHO to be effective for reducing Hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates among the Cherokee Nation population in Oklahoma. HCV is a silent but deadly disease and the majority of Americans with HCV are not aware that […]

The VA announces plans to expand telemental health services around the country

The HTRC has previously reported on the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) commitment to implement telemedicine and their collaboration with the University of Kansas to utilize telemental health. At last month’s American Telemedicine Association annual conference (ATA) in Minneapolis, the VA announced plans to further expand their use of telemental health services across the country. When […]

Missouri legislators all in for telehealth

Missouri legislators are seeing the value of telehealth. With representatives from both houses of the state legislature in attendance at the Missouri Telehealth Summit in January, it was clear that telehealth is no longer a quiet player in the delivery of health care services in the Show-Me state. During the legislative panel, Missouri Speaker of […]

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 […]

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 […]

USDA Distance Learning and Telehealth Grant

The USDA recently held a grant funding workshop in Columbia, Mo., aimed at encouraging health care attendees to apply for USDA rural development grants and loans to help develop rural economies and improve health. Among the speakers was Christopher Collins, regional field representative for USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and Telecommunications Program. Collins encouraged attendees to consider […]

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, […]

Make the most of needs assessments

Every successful telehealth program starts with a needs assessment.  A needs assessment is a great way to begin to  identify the potential need for health services in your community. It can also help you determine if the demand is great enough to move to the next step in providing those services. Unfortunately, needs assessments can […]