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 […]

HTRC says “goodbye” to Oklahoma director

Though HTRC Oklahoma Director Cynthia Scheideman-Miller has moved on to new endeavors, her telehealth legacy in Oklahoma won’t soon be forgotten. Cynthia has been a dedicated telehealth advocate in the state of Oklahoma for over 20 years. In addition to her years of service to HTRC, Cynthia served as Executive Director of the Telehealth Alliance […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Compacts aim to increase telehealth practice in Kansas and Oklahoma

One of the many benefits of telehealth is that it knows no borders.  In theory, this allows any provider to see any patient, regardless of their location. Unfortunately, things get more convoluted in practice. The complexity of state licensing requirements is one of the biggest barriers impeding telehealth adoption among physicians and nurses. Currently if […]

Update on Oklahoma optometry rule change

Last month, HTRC reported on SB1163, an Oklahoma State Senate bill proposing to expand the definition of optometry to include telehealth. On April 7, 2016, this bill was signed into a law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. The law includes language to improve patient care by creating standards for telehealth practices. According to the Executive […]

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 […]

Movement to end informed consent for telehealth signals change in acceptance

Oklahoma House Bill 2547, sponsored by Representative Glen Mulready, would repeal the section 6804 of the Oklahoma Telemedicine Act that mandates informed consent. While this legislation may not attract much attention, it signals a larger shift in healthcare. Informed consent is a process normally reserved for explaining the risks and benefits of a treatment to […]

New Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma benefit

The Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma (TAO) is now offering a new benefit to members: a free American Telemedicine Association institutional membership for one person from your organization! Members also benefit from free educational webinars, monthly updates and letters of support for telehealth-related grants. TAO works to educate and provide technical assistance to healthcare providers as […]

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 […]

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 […]