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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Oct 17, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) celebrates the opening of the first VA Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) in Eureka, Montana. The remote telehealth exam rooms allow rural Veterans to conduct virtual appointments with VA providers, reducing the need to travel long distances for healthcare.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Oct 13, 2019 - Features a handful of doctors who have - or nearly have - licenses to practice in all 50 U.S. states. The telemedicine market is expanding, and start-ups are beginning to hire physicians with the capability of treating patients anywhere in the country.
Source: CNBC
Oct 11, 2019 - Notice of rulemaking from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promote transparency and predictability, and the efficient allocation of Rural Health Care Program resources while preventing waste, fraud and abuse. Many parts of the rule will be effective on November 12, 2019, with others sections to be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.
Oct 9, 2019 - Summarizes a study that concludes that state mandates requiring the use of video-based telemedicine hinder access to care for those living in rural areas without reliable internet service. Describes how rural areas would benefit the most from telehealth, but they lack the bandwidth required to take advantage of video services.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Sep 18, 2019 - Features the Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MOA) Selma e-health satellite clinic and how they are connecting doctors to HIV-positive patients in rural Alabama. Includes the history of MOA and its telemedicine program.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
Sep 17, 2019 - The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) voted to implement the ACCESS Telemedicine model, which aims to reduce unnecessary transfers to tertiary hospitals through telemedicine consults. Discusses how the model will benefit the healthcare system as well as ways ACCESS can be improved.
Source: Medpage Today
Sep 16, 2019 - Discusses a program organized by Texas A&M College of Nursing that will connect Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) and rural providers on a telehealth platform. The program aims to provide necessary care to sexual assault victims in rural areas and training on evidence collection for healthcare personnel.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Sep 13, 2019 - Articles recently published in the Journal of International American Medical Informatics Association and in Psychiatric Services highlight the success of a program that distributes video tablets for telehealth use by veterans in rural areas and those with mental health conditions. The program is part of the VA Mission Act initiative to improve access to health services for rural and underserved veterans.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Sep 11, 2019 - Features SB 258, a new law signed by Governor Chris Sununu in New Hampshire, which allows physicians to bill Medicaid and private insurers for telemedicine services.
Source: The Conway Daily Sun
Sep 10, 2019 - Opinion piece written by Tate Hinkle, a physician in Alexander City, Alabama, highlights how his hospital was able to offer patients access to subspecialists through a telemedicine program developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Discusses how telehealth improves care in rural communities but notes the importance of utilizing both in-person patient care and telemedicine.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
Sep 9, 2019 - Study examines telemedicine as a method to improving chronic disease management in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. After implementation of the school-based telehealth programs, results show a decrease in ER visits for students with asthma in underserved communities.
Source: The American Journal of Managed Care
Aug 22, 2019 - Summarizes interviews with neurologists in Utah, Texas, and West Virginia regarding how they provide access to their services in rural communities. Addresses the challenges and benefits of telehealth and initiatives to recruit more neurologists to rural communities.
Source: Neurology Today

Last Updated: 10/18/2019