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When the Lone Doctor Is Out, Telemedicine Keeps This ER Running
Jul 18, 2018 - Highlights how one rural Texas community uses telemedicine to help provide emergency care when their single community doctor isn't working. This arrangement allows the hospital to be licensed as a trauma facility and means that community members as well as motorists passing through can have access to emergency care twenty four hours a day.
Source: Houston Chronicle
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Telemedicine in N.H.
Jul 17, 2018 - Radio interview on the state of telemedicine in New Hampshire, including use, growth, and existing barriers. Guests include Kevin Curtis from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Alisa Druzba from New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Cathy J. Leer from Family Physical Therapy Services, and Jeanne Ryer from the New Hampshire Citizens Initiative at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for Health Policy and Practice.
Source: New Hampshire Public Radio
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Commissioner Carr Announces $100 Million ‘Connected Care Pilot Program’
Jul 11, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that they will seek to establish a new $100 million "Connected Care Pilot Program" to support telehealth for low-income Americans, especially veterans and those living in rural areas. Investments in chronic care have resulted in substantial savings, particularly in the management of chronic diseases.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Commissioner Carr Highlights FCC Focus on Telemedicine at UVA Health System
Jul 5, 2018 - At a visit to the University of Virginia Health System, the Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) focused on telehealth and how high-speed broadband networks increase access to and lower the cost of healthcare, especially in rural and low-income areas.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Jul 5, 2018 - Highlights efforts in Texas to provide integrated mental and physical healthcare. This is especially difficult in rural areas of the state, which already struggle to recruit providers and which may not be able to support the additional workforce.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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A Conversation with Katie Peterson
Jul 3, 2018 - Radio interview with Katie Peterson, Chief Nursing Officer at Pender Community Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Discussion includes Pender and its hospital, recruitment and retention, and the hospital's work with behavioral health and telehealth, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Dentists Detail Challenges Of Rural Dental Care
Jul 2, 2018 - Radio interview with Sean Boynes from the DentaQuest Institute, Laura McKean of AllCare, and Bruce Austin, the dental director for the Oregon Health Authority. Discussion includes rural dental care access and the impact of dental health on overall health, with significant focus on access and efforts to integrate medical and dental care in rural Oregon.
Source: Jefferson Public Radio
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FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Federal Register
Jun 29, 2018 - Rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) raising the annual program funding cap of the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program and applying it to the current funding year to fully fund eligible funding requests for funding year (FY) 2017. This rule also adjusts the funding cap to reflect inflation and establishes a process to carry forward unused funds from past funding years for use in future funding years.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with Darrold Bertsch
Jun 26, 2018 - Radio interview with Darrold Bertsch, CEO of Sakakawea Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital, and Coal Country Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, both in rural North Dakota. Discussion includes the work of these two facilities, difficulties related to recruitment and retention, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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CMS: Medicare Program; Request for Information Regarding the Physician Self-Referral Law Federal Register
Jun 25, 2018 - Request for information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on how to address any undue regulatory impact and burden of the physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark Law. Comments accepted through August 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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