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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Oct 20, 2020 - Blog post from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) discusses the expansion of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to best harness its capabilities and reach populations with limited access to technology or need culturally tailored interventions. Highlights studies aimed at improving telehealth services in rural and underserved populations.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Oct 14, 2020 - Reports that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added 11 new telehealth services to the list of services it will pay for during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Source: Beckers Hospital Review
Oct 8, 2020 - Discusses grants available to support rural broadband and broadband-assisted education and telehealth programs as we enter the start of the new federal fiscal year. Provides an overview of the different types of grants and where to find them.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 7, 2020 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $72 million in grants to help rural residents access healthcare and educational opportunities. 116 projects will be funded through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant which helps healthcare and educational institutions purchase equipment and software necessary to deploy distance-learning and telemedicine services.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Oct 5, 2020 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics and HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau to provide technical assistance for the Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care project. The stipend program will offer $5,000 to community-based practices that serve rural areas and are new to telehealth implementation.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Sep 25, 2020 - The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking nominations for members of a new multistakeholder Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Committee, which will create a measurement framework linking quality of care delivered by telehealth, healthcare system readiness, and health outcomes in a disaster. Nominations are due October 26, 2020.
Source: National Quality Forum
Sep 18, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, many barriers to telehealth services were removed due to new regulatory changes, benefitting both mental healthcare providers and their patients. Describes how telehealth can increase access to mental health services in rural areas as clinicians can work across state lines and discusses how the public could benefit from the telehealth expansions remaining in place after the pandemic.
Source: Vox
Aug 27, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection related to the Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers, COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Information obtained through the information collection will be used to evaluate whether or not the programs are in compliance with appropriate rules and procedures. Comments are due by September 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 10/21/2020