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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jul 1, 2022 - Discusses telehealth responses to the increasing mental health crisis among children, adolescents, and young adults, including strategies to address workforce and access issues by connecting rural mental health clinics and schools with child psychiatrists. Highlights state-level initiatives in Texas, and notes additional issues related to broadband access, internet connectivity, and telehealth policy flexibilities.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Jun 16, 2022 - Highlights the efforts of a rural community in Maine to create a mobile, telehealth-based emergency care program that enables paramedics in the field to connect patients with specialty care providers. Discusses the challenges of providing care in expansive rural areas and the potential impacts of the model on rural access to emergency services.
Source: The Denver Channel
Jun 13, 2022 - Announces new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) related to audio-only telehealth encounters using remote communication technologies to maintain compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Discusses the importance of audio-only telehealth to providing access to certain populations who cannot utilize video-audio technology, due to broadband access, disability, limited English proficiency, and other factors.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 8, 2022 - Describes advantages of providing palliative and hospice care to rural areas through telemedicine, and examines the possibility that this pathway might close at the end of the federally-designated COVID emergency unless further legislative action is taken.
Source: Hospice News
Jun 6, 2022 - Describes results of a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs, suggesting that people in rural areas of some states will be more affected than others by restrictions on interstate telehealth. Uses data from older adults covered by traditional Medicare, both before and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: EurekAlert!
Jun 6, 2022 - Highlights Miners Health ECHO, a telementoring program offering learning experiences to healthcare professionals about specialized care for miners, noting that miners who need care are often in underserved and rural areas. Discusses the program's activities and the need for lung disease treatment programs in rural and Western areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 23, 2022 - Highlights a discussion hosted by the AMA Telehealth Immersion Program that explored areas of growth for virtual emergency care, particularly telestroke, including triage, acute unscheduled care, and virtual observation.
Source: American Medical Association
May 18, 2022 - Announces a webinar on May 24 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time hosted by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) and the Georgia Health Policy Center titled "Understanding COVID-19 and Public Health Emergency-linked Telehealth Policies." Discusses changes to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers a link to register in advance for the webinar.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
May 17, 2022 - Highlights a discussion of the future of telehealth at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Telehealth Conference. Notes the importance of telehealth and issues of accessing telehealth as shared by National Rural Health Association CEO Alan Morgan, particularly related to broadband, training of the rural workforce, and sharing information with rural communities about telehealth options.
Source: MedCity News

Last Updated: 7/5/2022