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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Aug 31, 2021 - Reports on challenges facing rural emergency departments (EDs) related to telehealth program implementation, noting that costs can range from $17,000 to $50,000 with additional subscription and maintenance costs, according to an article published in the JAMA Health Forum. Discusses the reimbursement barriers that make telehealth additionally challenging for rural EDs as well as the potential to offer specialty care rather than transferring patients to larger hospitals.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Aug 30, 2021 - Article examining telehealth use by elderly patients and Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting advances in the field of telehealth but a sharp decline in visits in May 2020. Discusses different forms of telehealth used by Medicare beneficiaries, including telephone and video visits, and compares types of visits in large metro, metro, urban, small urban, and rural areas. Addresses potential barriers to telehealth use in rural areas, including broadband access.
Source: Stat
Aug 25, 2021 - Reports on the Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry (SPIRIT), a telepsychiatry trial focusing on rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and patients who had screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or bipolar disorder. Notes that according to the results of the trial, treating mental health issues among underserved populations through telepsychiatry increases quality of life, perceived access to care, and minimizes barriers to accessing care.
Source: UW Medicine
Aug 24, 2021 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking published and unpublished scientific information submissions to inform its review of Schedule of Visits and Use of Telemedicine for Routine Antenatal Care. Submissions are due by September 23, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 18, 2021 - Announces $19 million in funding through the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support telehealth programs and expand access to healthcare for rural America. Describes 4 grant recipient groups: the Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP), Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs), the Evidence-Based Direct to Consumer Telehealth Network Program (EB TNP), and the Telehealth Centers of Excellence (COE) program.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 3, 2021 - Discusses the need for behavioral healthcare in rural areas and areas with few behavioral health clinicians, introducing the work of researchers who developed a tele-mentoring model in New York state. Previews and provides a link to a presentation on behavioral telehealth for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference, scheduled for August 9, 2021.
Source: Healthcare IT News

Last Updated: 8/31/2021