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Mobile Health Units Are Latest Telehealth Tool to Fight Opioid Abuse
Jan 23, 2018 - Details the work of six mobile health units providing telehealth services and medication-assisted treatment and counseling for people with opioid addictions in rural areas of New York. These mobile health units use telehealth to connect rural people with behavioral health counseling and primary care providers.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America; Correction Federal Register
Jan 17, 2018 - Corrects the reply date that was incorrectly published in a January 3, 2018, proposed rule seeking comments on how to strengthen the Rural Health Care Program and improve access to telehealth in rural America. Reply comments are due on or before March 5, 2018, rather than the originally published February 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Telemedicine Improves Rural ER Response Time
Jan 11, 2018 - Highlights the results of a study that found that rural emergency department patients see a clinician six minutes sooner in a hospital with telemedicine than in one without. If the first clinician assessment is through a telemedicine encounter, the door-to-provider time is shortened by nearly 15 minutes. For certain time-sensitive health conditions, 15 minutes can have a significant impact on patient outcomes.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Office for the Advancement of Telehealth Outcome Measures, OMB No. 0915-0311-Revision Federal Register
Jan 10, 2018 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts as part of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth's Telehealth Network Grant Program. Information collected will be used to evaluate and monitor grantees' progress in the following areas: improving access to needed services, reducing rural practitioner isolation, improving health system productivity and efficiency, and improving patient outcomes. Additionally, newly added measures will help evaluate telehealth services delivered through rural schools. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted no later than March 12, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with Bill Sexton
Jan 9, 2018 - Radio interview with Bill Sexton, former president of the National Rural Health Association and the Chief Executive Officer of Crossing Rivers Health, a rural hospital in Wisconsin. Discussion includes the development of the Rural Hospital Flexibility Act, the work being done at Crossing Rivers Health including using telemedicine to provide behavioral healthcare, and the work of the Rural Wisconsin Health Collaborative and the Rural Veterans Health Initiative, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Federal Register
Jan 3, 2018 - Proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking to ensure that rural providers get the support they need, while also guarding against fraud, waste, and abuse. The proposed rule also seeks to mitigate the impact of the existing Rural Health Care (RHC) Program cap, and ensure that the program operates efficiently. The RHC Program, which includes the Healthcare Connect Fund, provides funding to eligible rural providers to improve and/or expand the telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of healthcare. Funding for the RHC Program is currently capped at $400 million annually. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than February 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Drones Show Potential for Delivering Telemedicine, mHealth Services
Dec 27, 2017 - Around the world, drones have been used to successfully deliver healthcare services in rural, remote, and other inaccessible areas. In the U.S., however, drone usage has been limited due to safety and other regulatory concerns. Drone advocates are now hoping lawmakers will quickly craft appropriate, drone-related legislation that addresses these concerns, but also allows for the expanded use of drones in healthcare delivery applications.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
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Health Care Can Be a Long Haul in a Small Town
Dec 26, 2017 - Discusses the challenges related to accessing healthcare for residents living in rural parts of Missouri, as well as programs created to help address distance to care issues. Part 2 in a series on rural healthcare in Missouri. See Part 1.
Source: Missourian
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The Year in Review: Telehealth, mHealth Made Their Mark in 2017
Dec 26, 2017 - Highlights the major legislation, events, and industry changes that impacted mobile health and telehealth during 2017. Includes information about rural-specific impacts and provides links for additional reading on each topic.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
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