Telehospice providing comfort in rural Kansas

One need look no further than the windshield of a hospice nurse to understand why telehealth is a good fit for hospice. From mud to snow, traveling through rural Kansas can be a challenge, one which determined nurses traverse daily to ensure they can be with their patients in their hour of need. Those trips […]

Family physicians are interested in telehealth, few are using

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) indicated that while interest is high, only 15 percent of family practice physicians were using telehealth at the time of the survey.  Of those who had used telehealth in the past year, nearly half had used it 5 times or fewer. […]

A new Kansas partnership hopes to improve access to care in rural Kansas

Last month, the University of Kansas Hospital announced a partnership with Hays Medical Center (HaysMed). Although the two hospitals have worked together several times previously, this is the first time they have signed a letter of intent to form an official partnership. This new partnership will benefit both organizations in several ways. Hays Medical Center […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Over 5,300 miles and a world of similarities

After returning from a recent trip to Serbia to help set up the country’s first telehealth network, HTRC State Director Rachel Mutrux discussed the striking similarities Missouri and Serbia share. Mutrux, who is also the Director of Missouri Telehealth Network, said there were far more similarities than differences, most notably perhaps was the enthusiasm shared […]

Update on VA and University of Kansas collaboration

Telemental health, including counseling via video conferencing, is one of the many ways the VA is working to improve veterans’ well-being. According to VA Chief Telehealth Consultant Adam Darkins, more than 75,000 veterans saw a mental health professional using telehealth services last year. In 2012 HTRC’s Ryan Spaulding, director of the University of Kansas Center […]

Proposed CMS rule would redefine “rural”

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new proposed rule could potentially expand telemedicine coverage for one million Medicare beneficiaries by changing the way rural areas are defined. Currently Medicare covers telemedicine only for people living in counties defined as rural. Rural counties are those that are not located in Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The […]

Media today: Now starring telemedicine

Telemedicine has been getting more play lately, thanks to recent stories and interview segments on NPR detailing the benefits of the service in reaching rural patients.  The interest in expanding health care services has only intensified as states prepare to serve thousands of additional new patients due to the expansion of health care coverage provided […]

mHealth: Breaking the mental health access barrier for college students

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one in four full-time college students have experienced alcohol abuse or dependence in the past year. That’s more than 25,000 Kansas students each year. But getting students the help they need can be difficult, especially when the student attends a rural college where there […]

Connecting Patient with Provider Electronically

With Missouri’s large swaths of rural counties, getting healthcare to all residents is a challenge. But as a recent two-part KBIA series explains, telemedicine offers a way to electronically connect patients to providers. In this second installment in the series, the HTRC’s Dr. Karen Edison, chair of the University of Missouri’s Department of Dermatology, discusses […]

Funding Opportunity: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced a new funding opportunity for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (Network Planning). The funding would help “promote the development of integrated healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; […]