Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News
News stories from the past 60 days.
HHS Invests $8 Million to Address Gaps in Rural Telehealth through the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program
Jan 11, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $8 million to fund the Telehealth Broadband Pilot (TBP) program, which assesses broadband capacity available to rural healthcare providers to improve access to telehealth services in their communities. $6.5 million was awarded to the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (TTAC) and $1.5 million was awarded to the Telehealth-Focused Rural Health Research Center through the University of Arkansas.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
VA Expands Access to Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Pandemic for Older, Rural and Homeless Veterans
Jan 6, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its Digital Divide Consult has helped more than 12,000 Veterans obtain internet access or a video-capable device for their healthcare needs. Discusses how the program helps to provide solutions for veterans who are homeless, live in rural areas, or are older than 45, as they are less likely to have access to telehealth services.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Jan 4, 2021 - Examines how Puerto Rico is benefitting from the expansion of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in rural communities with limited access to healthcare. Discusses how the pandemic and recent earthquakes have made it more difficult to access care, but telemedicine allows patients to seek care from wherever they are.
Source: Direct Relief
Trump Administration Finalizes Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services and Improved Payment for Time Doctors Spend with Patients
Dec 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, increasing payments to physicians and practitioners for the additional time they spend with patients, especially those with chronic conditions. This final rule adds more than 60 services to the Medicare telehealth list that will continue to be covered beyond the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Last Updated: 1/12/2021