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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse
May 23, 2018 - Details four bills introduced in the U.S. Senate this week that aim to use telehealth to address the opioid epidemic and to reach more people on Medicaid and in rural areas. All of these bills have bi-partisan co-sponsors.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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VA Expands Telehealth by Allowing Health Care Providers to Treat Patients Across State Lines
May 11, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new federal rule that will allow VA doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to administer care to Veterans using telehealth regardless of where in the U.S. the provider of the veteran is located, including across state lines or outside of a VA facility. This new rule exercises federal preemption to override state restrictions in an effort to increase access to care.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Telemedicine Takes Transgender Care Beyond The City
May 5, 2018 - Details the difficulties rural transgender people face related to accessing healthcare, including general healthcare as well as care related to their transition, and the difference that telemedicine can make in providing access to that care. Issues related to their rurality and to social stigma can be alleviated this way, but only if these patients also live in areas with broadband infrastructure.
Source: NPR
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels; Notice Federal Register
Apr 3, 2018 - USDA Rural Utilities Service announcement that applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program will be accepted through June 4, 2018. The DLT program provides funding to improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies.
Source: Federal Register
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Last Updated: 5/23/2018