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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare.

The Future of Telehealth Roundtable: The Potential Impact of Emerging Technologies on Health Equity
Presents insights and key ideas from a roundtable on the future of telehealth following the COVID-19 pandemic, covering barriers to telehealth delivery, opportunities for equitable care, and policy and regulatory issues impacting telehealth access. Includes rural mentions throughout.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Quality Assurance
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Dentist Perceptions About the Value of Teledentistry
Highlights a study on dentist's perceptions on teledentistry as a means of expanding access to oral healthcare across the country. Discusses the role teledentistry plays in rural and underserved areas. Explores perceived barriers to adopting teledentistry.
Author(s): Tamanna Tiwari, Vuong Diep, Eric Tranby, et al.
Citation: BMC Oral Health, 22, 176
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Telemedicine Use in Children Aged 0–17 Years: United States, July–December 2020
Report examining telemedicine use by children ages 0-17 based on data from the National Health Interview Survey collected between July-December 2020 and covering the prior 12 months. Discusses findings related to telemedicine use in general and because of the COVID-19 pandemic; percentages of children who used telehealth because of the pandemic by rural, medium and small metropolitan, and large metropolitan residence; and telehealth use among children with selected chronic conditions.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2022
Bi-annual summary report on telehealth policies as of May 2022. Covers Medicaid reimbursement, private payer laws, and professional requirements.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Infographic, State Summary Chart
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Designing a Framework for Remote Cancer Care Through Community Co-Design: Participatory Development Study
Explores the design and implementation of a framework to provide telemedicine cancer care in urban and rural areas of Kentucky. Addresses issues of health disparities and lack of broadband access in geographic areas such as Appalachia. Provides examples of participatory and co-design processes to create telemedicine options and engage communities.
Author(s): Eliah Aronoff-Spencer, Melanie McComsey, Ming-Yuan Chih, et al.
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(4)
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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Public Health's Role in Telehealth
A podcast that discusses how telehealth became more accessible during COVID-19 and how this may impact public healthcare delivery long-term. Focuses on how the future of telehealth impacts under-resourced communities, including rural.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Mental Health Service Use, Suicide Behavior, and Emergency Department Visits Among Rural US Veterans Who Received Video-Enabled Tablets During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Results of a study to examine whether a United States Veterans Affairs initiative to distribute video-enabled tablets during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with mental healthcare access, suicide behavior, or emergency department (ED) visits among rural veterans. Features demographics and statistics on mental health services use and ED visits, with breakdowns by tablet recipients and nonrecipients.
Author(s): Kritee Gujral, James Van Campen, Josephine Jacobs, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 5(4)
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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Billing for Telehealth Encounters: An Introductory Guide on Fee-for-Service
Presents an overview of how to bill fee-for-service Medicare and Medicaid for telehealth encounters. Includes information on originating and distant sites, virtual healthcare, and coding telehealth services. Lists types of practice sites, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and implications for billing telehealth services. Provides contact information for Regional Telehealth Research Centers (RTRC).
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs: School-Based Telehealth
Offers a 3-part video series on school-based telehealth for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Topics covered in part 1 include school-based telehealth resources and opportunities; part 2 offers information on school based health clinic benefits, program development, payment, and technology considerations; and part 3 covers school based primary care, integrated behavioral health, virtual learning, and evolution of telehealth services. If viewed through YouTube, transcripts are available by clicking the three dots and selecting "show transcript."
Additional links: Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs: School-Based Telehealth Part 2, Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs: School-Based Telehealth Part 3
Date: 03/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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Telehealth Has Played an Outsized Role Meeting Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Explores usage of telehealth for physical and mental health outpatient visits between March 2019 and August 2021. Figure 3 shows use of mental health and substance use telehealth visits versus other outpatient telehealth visits, with rural versus urban comparisons. Includes a discussion about payment models for telehealth via private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Author(s): Justin Lo, Matthew Rae, Krutika Amin, et al.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 5/16/2022