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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 27, 2020 - Highlights maternity care providers across the U.S. that offer virtual visits and at-home monitoring for expecting mothers and how they have scaled up these efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses policy changes necessary to support telematernity care.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
May 18, 2020 - Describes initiatives implemented to expand telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and how imperative the changes have been to increasing access to care and keeping patients healthy. Discusses how telehealth will become a standard of care, but should never replace in-person visits.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
May 7, 2020 - Expanded access to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic has made it easier for patients in rural areas to receive necessary care, but the urban-rural broadband divide poses separate challenges. Rural health advocates hope the telehealth flexibilities will become permanent to help providers continue to connect with their patients.
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Apr 29, 2020 - Explores how telemedicine has been a lifeline for chronically ill patients in rural Pennsylvania, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Patients and providers hope access to telemedicine will continue after the public health crisis, as the option allows rural residents to easily receive care without having to travel far distances.
Source: Stat News
Apr 21, 2020 - Final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services announcing that it will use its discretion in how it applies the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notifications Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In doing so, HHS will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under HIPAA rules against healthcare providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. This rule went into effect on March 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 13, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission has issued a correction to the April 9, 2020 notice to provide clarification for the effective date for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 9, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission has released a rule to establish the COVID-19 Telehealth Program and the Connected Care Pilot Program. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program provides $200 million for healthcare providers to provide connected care services to patients in their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is effective April 9, 2020. The Connected Care Pilot Program will provide up to $100 million over three years to examine how the Universal Service Fund can support the trend toward connected care services to consumers, particularly for low-income and veteran populations. The Connected Care Pilot Program will be effective once approved by the Office of Management and Budget.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 3, 2020 - Bette Brand, Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, announced a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. Only electronic applications will be accepted between the April 14 and July 13, 2020 window.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 2, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a $200 million telehealth program to support healthcare providers respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The FCC also adopted final rules for a Connected Care Pilot Program, which will provide an additional $100 million from the Universal Service Fund to support the long-term use of telehealth.
Source: Federal Communications Commission

Last Updated: 5/29/2020