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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Rural Healthcare Network Connections Require IT Infrastructure Support
Aug 15, 2018 - Discusses what IT infrastructure needs to be considered in order to make a telehealth program successful in rural areas, including access to broadband internet, technical support, and staff training.
Source: HIT Infrastructure
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Telepharmacy Eases Staffing Shortages at Rural Clinics and Hospitals
Aug 15, 2018 - Discusses ways in which telehealth and telepharmacy have allowed some rural hospitals to offer services they wouldn't otherwise be able to offer due to staffing and cost issues.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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Anchorage Health Care Providers Discuss Rural Tele-health Systems with FCC Commissioner
Aug 8, 2018 - FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is visiting Alaska to discuss how raising the funding cap on the Universal Service program subsidies will help rural healthcare facilities use telehealth to make sure their patients get the care they need.
Source: Alaska Public Media
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FCC Seeks Comment on Launching Connected Care Pilot Program
Aug 3, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on creating a Connected Care Pilot Program to support the delivery of telehealth services delivered outside of the brick-and-mortar healthcare facilities. The program will promote the use of these services among low-income families and veterans, especially those in rural areas. Comments are due September 10, 2018.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Microsoft Airband Project Gains Momentum, Grant Winners Will Use TV White Spaces Broadband
Aug 1, 2018 - Microsoft has awarded Airband grants to four U.S. startup companies in an effort to improve access to broadband service in rural areas. One of the winners is working to put health information technology in rural schools to improve the speed with which student-athletes can be assessed.
Source: Telecompetitor
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Overcoming Payment Challenges to Realize the Promise of Telehealth
Jul 31, 2018 - The National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Workgroup is exploring what new state policies and funding may be needed to implement more telehealth services across all states.
Source: National Academy for State Health Policy
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PCORI-Funded Projects Aim to Use Telehealth to Address Disparities
Jul 31, 2018 - Blog post from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) highlighting 3 of PCORI's 70 telehealth studies aiming to address health and healthcare disparities. Two of the three studies highlighted here are rural, focused on hearing loss in rural Alaska and using different telehealth strategies to provide mental healthcare in rural areas of Arkansas, Michigan, and Washington. Also includes information on PCORI's telehealth research more generally.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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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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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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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 fiscal 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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Last Updated: 8/15/2018