Senator Moran (R-Kan.) convenes hearing to discuss VA Telemedicine

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, hosted a hearing on May 5 to hear testimony on telehealth use in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives in the public and private sector discussed increasing access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs for veterans, specifically through telemedicine programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Moran, […]

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 […]

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report recommends changes to Medicare coverage

A new DHHS report recommends changes to Medicare’s telehealth coverage. The report outlines the DHHS’s current legislative proposal to be included in the President’s budget request for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The proposal aims to address many of the existing challenges associated with telemedicine by revamping Medicare’s telehealth coverage. Currently Medicare’s fee-for-service program only covers […]

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 […]

Augmented and virtual reality, the next medium for telemedicine

You’ve likely heard of Pokemon GO by now. The gaming phenomenon quickly rose to the top of the mobile game charts last month. One thing you may be unaware of is that the game is one of the first mainstream products to utilize augmented reality (AR). This same technology, along with virtual reality (VR), is […]

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 […]

Kansas looks to expand their Project ECHO offerings

The Kansas Project ECHO, led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, will soon expand their ECHO offerings to include asthma and chronic pain. Project ECHO is a case-based model that uses videoconferencing to connect primary care providers (PCP) to teams of specialists so PCPs can improve their “specialty skills” for a particular chronic condition. […]

AMA taking steps to ensure quality of telemedicine

During last month’s annual American Medical Association (AMA) meeting, CEO James L. Madara, M.D. focused much of his keynote speech on emerging healthcare technologies and telemedicine. “Today we have really remarkable tools – robotic surgery, new forms of radiation treatment, targeted biologics, and we live in a time of rapid development in the digital world – […]

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 […]

Montana tackles diabetes head-on with the implementation of a state-wide Diabetes Prevention Program

Recognizing the need to address the growing rate of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the state, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) piloted its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)  in 2008. The program was an overwhelming success, with over 45 percent of participants meeting their weight loss goals.  But in Montana’s rural regions, diabetes […]

CoxHealth is making strides in reproductive care by incorporating telemedicine 

Missouri-based CoxHealth has been finding ways to utilize telemedicine for reproductive healthcare. They have recently developed mhealth and telemedicine services for expecting mothers, and women experiencing fertility issues. CoxHealth’s Baby Beginning app is a resource for expecting mothers. The free app provides information about pregnancy, labor, and newborn care, as well as videos and tools for […]

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 […]

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, […]