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Resources by Topic: Telehealth

Telehealth Services Proposed for Medicare Part B Reimbursements, 2018: Fact Sheet
Identifies the five conditions that a telehealth service must meet in order to be covered by Medicare Part B, provides an overview of how telehealth services get added to Medicare's reimbursable list, and outlines proposed services that may be added for calendar year 2018.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Virtual Care Strategies
Discusses opportunities to use telehealth to improve healthcare access and delivery to vulnerable rural and urban communities. Includes recommendations from the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities and details the benefits of telehealth services and potential policy solutions such as reimbursement, interaction of state and federal laws, broadband access, and federal research.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies
Provides a summary of telehealth-related laws and reimbursement policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using policy language available in each state as of October 2017. The primary focus of the report is on Medicaid coverage for telehealth services but also includes references to state policies that require private insurer payment for the service. Interactive map allows results to be narrowed by state.
Additional links: 50 State Scan of Telehealth Reimbursement Laws and Medicaid Policies Factsheet, Interactive Map, State Telehealth Laws and Medicaid Program Policies Infographic
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy (National Telehealth Policy Resource Center)
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Network Spotlight: Illinois Telehealth Network
Describes the characteristics, key learnings, and accomplishments of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) through an interview with key ITN personnel. ITN is a 26-member consortium of rural health entities, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), working to improve access to care in rural, underserved communities through the expanded application of telehealth and telemedicine solutions.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Improving Healthcare Value in Rural America
Identifies and explains the challenges facing rural communities as they work to improve healthcare value. Discusses the distinct differences between urban and rural value initiatives, highlights promising strategies for achieving rural value, and makes the case for using customized approaches rather than one-size-fits-all models.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare Value Hub
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Making Connections: A Guide to Starting a Rural HIV Care Telemedicine Program
Overview of a program providing HIV care to rural Alabama that started as an in-person service in rural clinics and transitioned to a telemedicine program. Includes a 10 step road map for planning and implementing a telemedicine program. Covers considerations for program development including scheduling, service delivery, legal considerations, barriers and facilitators to planning, and technology. Free to download after registering name, organization, and email.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AIDS United
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Financing Project ECHO: Options for State Medicaid Programs
Outlines how four states - California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon - are using Medicaid funds to support Project ECHO and enhance services for rural and other at-risk populations. Also shares design considerations for specific delivery system environments, and ways to ensure long-term program sustainability.
Author(s): Greg Howe, Allison Hamblin, Lauren Moran
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Medicaid Financing Models for Project ECHO
Explains the different Medicaid financing mechanisms available for supporting current and potential Project ECHO strategies. Options are listed in table format and organized into three categories: managed care, care management programs, and value-based payment strategies and integrated care programs.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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The Status of Telemedicine in Missouri
Provides background information on rural-specific healthcare issues in Missouri, and discusses the value of using telehealth to improve rural healthcare access. Also shares policy recommendations and details about eligibility and payment requirements.
Author(s): Dave Dillon, Jim Mikes
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Hospital Association
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Telemedicine & Telehealth Update
Slides from a presentation outlining the benefits associated with delivering rural and remote healthcare services in Kansas via telehealth. Primary focus is on telehospice services and enhancing care through Project ECHO.
Author(s): Eve-Lynn Nelson
Date: 08/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Heartland Telehealth Resource Center
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