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Resources by Topic: Telehealth

Examining Barriers to Expanding Innovative, Value-Based Care in Medicare
Presents the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Medicare efforts to transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based payment model. Features testimony from physicians and healthcare associations, healthcare systems, first-responders, and an information technology association. Testimony briefly addresses rural areas, particularly how broadband access and telehealth can benefit rural Americans.
Additional links: Morgan Reed Testimony
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Report to Congress: Demonstration Project on Community Health Integration Models in Certain Rural Counties, Interim Report 2018
Provides an overview of and first year findings from the Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration (FCHIP), which includes 10 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in three states: North Dakota, Montana, and Nebraska. The demonstration intends to increase the quality and coordination of care, with focuses on access to and payments for telehealth, ambulance services, and skilled nursing facility/nursing facility beds, as well as related regulatory challenges.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Roadmap for Action: Advancing the Adoption of Telehealth in Child Care Centers and Schools to Promote Children’s Health and Well-Being
Discusses strategies and benefits to adopting a telehealth program in a child care center or school. Describes successful rural specific program examples. Outlines a guide for program adoption that covers identifying and building relationships with stakeholders, needs assessment, finding equipment, privacy, payment, sustainability, and implementation challenges.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Children's Partnership
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OSU Center for Health Sciences Rural Medical Education Sites & Telehealth Network Sites
County-level map of Oklahoma displaying the locations of rural medical education sites, training regions, and telehealth network sites.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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Care Management and Communication-Based Technology Services in RHCs
Provides a webinar recording addressing proposed Medicare regulations for Rural Health Clinics. Addresses proposed payment changes for care management services and telehealth. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Telemedicine in N.H.
Radio interview discusses the advantages and barriers to telemedicine both broadly and within New Hampshire. Covers the role of state laws regarding reimbursement, broadband access, and how rural hospitals are using telemedicine.
Citation: New Hampshire Public Radio
Date: 07/2018
Type: Audio
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Realizing the Benefits of Rural Broadband: Challenges and Solutions
Presents the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the benefits, challenges, and solutions to rural broadband issues. Features testimony from an Associate Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Enterprise, Oregon, on the role broadband plays in healthcare access via telehealth to rural and frontier areas.
Additional links: Jenni Word Testimony
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
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Telepsychiatry Program: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
Describes the development, impact, lessons learned, and future goals of a telepsychiatry program designed to provide behavioral healthcare services to children in rural Nebraska.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Spurring Innovation: The Role of Child Health Policy
Identifies four target areas to improve child health: Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) delivery and payment reforms; consumer digital health; precision medicine in pediatrics; and addiction and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Provides recommendations to further develop child health research and policy. Discusses removing barriers and expanding access to telehealth services to deliver care to child living in rural areas, and the rural incidence of NAS.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AcademyHealth
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The Special Registration for Telemedicine: In Brief
Describes a proposed policy, as a means to address the opioid crisis, requiring providers who use telemedicine to complete a special registration process to increase access to telemedicine services, including the remote prescribing of medicine for substance abuse or mental health treatment. Covers special registration requirements and the seven categories under the practice of telemedicine authority recognized by the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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