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    50 State Scan of Telehealth Reimbursement Laws and Medicaid Policies
    A factsheet detailing the policy trends and variations of telehealth across the country, with statistics about how Medicaid reimbursement is being used for this service.
    Date: 08/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy (National Telehealth Policy Resource Center)
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    Access to Behavioral Health Care for Geographically Remote Service Members and Dependents in the U.S.
    A geospatial analysis using TRICARE and other data to determine access to and utilization of mental and behavioral healthcare services for veterans who reside in remote locations. Recommends two pathways for improving access to care: telehealth service and collaborative care between primary care and specialty behavioral care.
    Author(s): Ryan Brown, Grant Marshall, Joshua Breslau, et al.
    Date: 01/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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    AHRQ Health Information Technology Portfolio
    Provides information on AHRQ's health IT portfolio, which focuses on how health information technology can improve healthcare quality. Includes information on AHRQ-funded projects, including rural HIT and telehealth projects. Also provides access to resources and funding opportunities.
    Type: Website
    Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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    Breaking the Barriers to Specialty Care: Practical Ideas to Improve Health Equity and Reduce Cost
    A collection of briefs focused on how to improve access to specialty care for rural and low-income patients. Discusses telehealth, developing primary care capacity to provide appropriate specialty care, and coordinated specialist networks as approaches to improve specialty care access. Free, but registration required to download.
    Author(s): Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, FSG
    Date: 06/2016
    Type: Document
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    Broadband Access in Rural America
    An overview of the need for adequate broadband access in rural America and makes recommendations to support a national policy that supports rural access to affordable and appropriate broadband systems.
    Author(s): Norma Bowyer
    Date: 09/2012
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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    Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit
    Provides information, tools and resources on broadband technology and planning for the development of Internet service in the Appalachian region. Focuses on identifying the unserved demand for broadband, developing partnerships, and reducing barriers for broadband providers to develop technology in underserved areas. Priorities of this primer are to reduce isolation, support economic development, increase educational opportunities, improve healthcare including telehealth, and enhance community capacity within the region.
    Author(s): Jane Smith Patterson, Deborah T. Watts, Brian Rathbone. Stephanie Jane Edwards
    Date: 08/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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    Building Blocks for Cultural Integration in the Development and Establishment of Rural VA Telemental Health Clinics for Native Veterans
    Offers an overview, plus suggestions and tips for setting up, operating, and maintaining telemental health (TMH) clinics for rural Native Veterans.
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Veterans Rural Health Resource Center: Western Region
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    Case Studies of 6 Teledentistry Programs: Strategies to Increase Access to General and Specialty Dental Services
    Describes the delivery of teledentistry services by six provider organizations with different organizational structures. Discusses teledentistry as a method for improving rural access to oral health services. Identifies common themes, including the benefits of and barriers to teledentistry.
    Additional links: Policy Brief
    Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Carol Rodat, Jean Moore
    Date: 12/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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    Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Quality Improvement, Collaboration, and Training
    Summaries of innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a medical home model, a Lean/Six Sigma hospital program, a community health center telehealth program, and a statewide behavioral health network.
    Date: 2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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    Creating Opportunity and Prosperity Through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
    Highlights examples in which regional development organizations can benefit from linking rural regions with urban centers. Includes information on broadband development and its implication for improving access to healthcare services.
    Author(s): Brian Dabson, Erin Meyers
    Date: 05/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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    Creating Telemedicine-Based Medical Networks for Rural and Frontier Areas
    Describes the promise of telemedicine to meet healthcare needs in rural and frontier areas. Offers recommendations for creating telemedicine networks.
    Author(s): Leonard R. Graziplene
    Date: 2009
    Type: Document
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    e-Emergency Services Bring Specialists to Rural Patients with the Push of a Button
    More and more specialists are available to small hospitals via telemedicine, benefiting patients—and doctors. Highlights Avera eEmergency Services, a hospital-based telemedicine emergency support service available in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota.
    Author(s): Candi Helseth
    Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Summer)
    Date: 08/2011
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Economic Impact: Tools and Templates
    Access tools and templates for studying the economic impact, in rural areas, of FQHCs, Critical Access Hospitals, different health care providers, the social service sector, Medicaid, medical schools, and telemedicine.
    Type: Website
    Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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    Effect of Tele-Emergency Services on Recruitment and Retention of US Rural Physicians
    Analyzes the effects of telemedicine services on recruitment and retention of physicians to rural healthcare facilities.
    Author(s): Andrew Potter, Keith Mueller, A Mackinney, Marcia Ward
    Location: Rural and Remote Health, 14, 2787
    Date: 08/2014
    Type: Document
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    EHR Product Select & Implement
    Provides information on the selection and implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system, with links to resources and publications.
    Type: Website
    Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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    The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management
    Looks at the impact telemedicine has on cost, quality and rural access to healthcare, focusing on three chronic diseases: congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    Author(s): Rashid L. Bashshur, Gary W. Shannon, Brian R. Smith
    Location: Telemedicine Journal and E-health, 20(9), 769-800
    Date: 09/2014
    Type: Document
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    Estimating the Economic Impact of Telemedicine in a Rural Community
    Reports on site visits to twenty-four rural hospitals in the Midwest to develop a methodology for estimating the economic impact of telemedicine on a rural community.
    Author(s): Brian E. Whitacre
    Date: 08/2011
    Type: Document
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    An Exploratory Study of the Use of Telehealth Services by Federally Qualified Health Centers and Hospitals in New York State
    Findings of a study on use of telehealth services by New York healthcare providers, including limitations, barriers, and plans for expanding availability. Features statistics on frequency and type of use, financing and reimbursement by provider type, and reasons for future use, with breakdowns by region of state and urban or rural location.
    Author(s): Robert Martiniano, Jean Moore
    Date: 11/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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    Extent of Telehealth Use in Rural and Urban Hospitals
    Provides discussion with statistics on the use of telehealth in rural and urban hospitals, and the opportunities telehealth can bring to supporting healthcare in rural communities.
    Author(s): Marcia M. Ward, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
    Date: 04/2014
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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    Family Physicians and Telehealth: Findings from a National Survey
    Discusses potential for telemedicine to facilitate expanded access to health care, particularly in rural and medically underserved areas. Includes statistics with breakdowns by percentage of use, type of medical care, type of facility ownership, practice characteristics, attitudes and beliefs about telehealth, and perceived barriers.
    Author(s): Kathleen Klink, Megan Coffman, Miranda Moore, Anuradha Jetty, Stephen Petterson, Andrew Bazemore
    Date: 10/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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    Forging Rural Health Care Links
    Discusses Avera eCARE, a South Dakota-based telehealth system providing comprehensive, round-the-clock, "virtual hospital" care in specialties such as infectious disease, behavioral health, oncology, pulmonology, cardiology, and pediatrics. Primarily serves Medicare-age patients in rural areas of eight Midwestern states.
    Author(s): Donna Farris
    Location: Health Progress, 96(1)
    Date: 2015
    Type: Document
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    A Guide to Telemedicine: Designing a Hospital-Based Program
    Provides small and rural hospitals with step-by-step instructions to develop a telemedicine program in their communities.
    Date: 01/2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Illinois Hospital Association
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    Health IT Playbook
    An online guidebook for healthcare providers on using Health Information Technology (HIT) to its best advantage. Includes discussions on choosing, implementing, and upgrading electronic health records (EHRs), using Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Certified Health IT products, implementing patient engagement via telehealth/telemedicine, quality and security with HIT, and looking at how HIT can connect providers and patients in public health settings. Includes a section on HIT in rural settings.
    Date: 2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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    Hospital Views of Factors Affecting Telemedicine Use
    Discusses the observations of rural and urban hospital representatives, from both hub and spoke locations, regarding the obstacles and the driving forces in the development and expansion of telemedicine services.
    Author(s): Kimberly A. S. Merchant, Marcia M. Ward, Keith J. Mueller,
    Date: 04/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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    Improving Access to Care through Telehealth
    Provides descriptions of research studies to expand access to care for Veterans through improved telehealth services.
    Date: 07/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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    Improving Access to Specialized Care: The Telehealth Kidney Transplant Clinic at the Iowa City VAMC
    The Telehealth Transplant Clinic at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been found to reduce travel time for kidney transplant patients by allowing them to receive annual follow-up exams remotely using telehealth services.
    Author(s): Roberto Kalil, Christie Thomas, Carol Winetroub, Stacey Abel
    Date: 2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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    Improving Behavioral Health Access & Integration Using Telehealth & Teleconsultation: A Health Care System for the 21st Century
    Highlights the benefits of using telehealth and teleconsultation in rural and urban areas. Identifies strategies to develop and expand telehealth services and addresses the regulatory barriers with the distribution of telehealth services.
    Author(s): Charles Townley, Rachel Yalowich
    Date: 11/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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    Improving Rural Health: State Policy Options
    Discusses strategies that states have used to improve healthcare in rural communities. Covers workforce pipeline strategies, long-term care services, behavioral health, emergency medical services, wellness and prevention, rural health clinics, school-based health centers, telehealth, recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals, loan repayment programs and community health workers.
    Author(s): Kristine Goodwin, Laura Tobler
    Date: 11/2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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    Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care Through Technology
    Presents insights on establishing a telebehavioral health program shared at a meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Special Health Affairs with participants from HRSA-funded health centers in urban and rural areas.
    Date: 02/2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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    Lessons Learned from the MAVEN Project Pilot: Using Physician Volunteers to Increase Access to Care via Telehealth
    Evaluation of pilot program of the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network (MAVEN) Project, which used experienced volunteer physicians to provide consults via telehealth to rural and inner-city providers. The pilot offered telehealth visits at 3 community health centers in Massachusetts and California.
    Author(s): Lori Uscher-Pines, Robert S. Rudin
    Date: 2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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    Medicare Telehealth Payment Eligibility Analyzer
    Helps providers determine geographic eligibility for Medicare telehealth services. Identifies HPSAs located in rural census tracts, consistent with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s definition of rural.
    Type: Tool
    Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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    Mental Health Services Are a Critical Rural Need
    Reports high rates of depression, suicide, and addiction among rural people, and notes barriers to treatment including lack of anonymity, shortage of detoxification centers, transportation-related problems, and cultural reluctance to seek help with emotional and behavioral stresses. Notes that telemedicine has enabled psychiatrists to treat distance patients effectively, yet initiatives such as this have received little support.
    Author(s): Patrick T. Reardon
    Location: Health Progress, 91(5)
    Date: 2010
    Type: Document
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    Mixed-methods Evaluation of a Telehealth Collaborative Care Program for Persons with HIV Infection in Rural Settings (Issue Brief)
    Discusses the findings of the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System's implementation of a telehealth collaborative care program for veterans with HIV living in rural parts of Iowa and Illinois.
    Author(s): Michael Ohl, Dena Dillon, Jane Moeckli, et al.
    Date: 2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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    Mobile Health and Patient Engagement in the Safety Net: A Survey of Community Health Centers and Clinics
    Discusses the results of a survey of rural and urban community health clinics and other clinics to evaluate the use of cell phones to engage patients in their healthcare. Highlights areas where the use of cell phones has shown to be successful in chronic disease management.
    Author(s): Andrew Broderick, Farshid Haque
    Date: 05/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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    NACRHHS Policy Briefs on Telehealth and Intimate Partner Violence
    A November 2015 webinar that discussed two policy briefs from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, the first on the use of telehealth in rural areas and the second on the impact of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on rural communities. Presented by Committee Chair Ronnie Musgrove; Eugenia (Geni) Cowan, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Sacramento; and Karen Madden, Director of the Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health in New York. 35 minutes.
    Additional links: Transcript
    Type: Video/Multimedia
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    New Opportunities and Challenges for Teleaudiology Within Department of Veterans Affairs
    Provides an overview of teleaudiology and the delivery of audiological services through telemedicine practice for rural and inner urban areas. Includes discussion on how the Veterans Administration is researching and incorporating teleaudiology within its healthcare program.
    Author(s): Peter G. Jacobs, Gabrielle H. Saunders
    Location: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 51(5), vii-xii
    Date: 2014
    Type: Document
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    A Pilot Project to Improve Access to Telepsychotherapy at Rural Clinics
    Describes the challenges and motivators regarding the implementation of a telemental health pilot project in rural outpatient clinics to improve access to mental health services for rural veterans.
    Author(s): Geri Adler, Lonique R. Pritchett, Michael R. Kauth, Danielle Nadorff
    Location: Telemedicine and e-Health, 2D(1), 83-85
    Date: 01/2014
    Type: Document
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    A Pilot Videoconference Group Stress Management Program in Cancer Survivors: Lessons Learned
    Discusses the advantages and barriers of developing and implementing a group-based videoconference program that provides interventions to improve the psychosocial outcomes of rural cancer patients following treatment.
    Author(s): Eric Zhou, Ann Partridge, Jaime Blackmon, Evan Morgan, Christopher Recklitis
    Location: Rural and Remote Health, 16, 3863
    Date: 06/2016
    Type: Document
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    Practice Based Versus Telemedicine Based Collaborative Care for Depression in Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers: A Pragmatic Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial
    Reports on a research trial comparing practice-based collaborative primary care for depression involving mental health providers on-site to telemedicine-based collaborative primary care with off-site mental health providers.
    Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey M. Pyne, Sip B. Mouden, et al.
    Location: American Journal of Psychiatry, 170(4), 414-25
    Date: 04/2013
    Type: Document
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    Project ECHO’s Complex Care Initiative: Building Capacity to Help "Superutilizers" in Underserved Communities
    Case study of the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program, which uses telehealth to support primary care clinicians in underserved areas. Focuses on a project targeting Medicaid beneficiaries with substance abuse and mental health issues, with details on two primary care teams being supported, including one in a rural New Mexico community.
    Author(s): Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein, Douglas McCarthy
    Date: 08/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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    The Promise of Telehealth For Hospitals, Health Systems and Their Communities
    Highlights how hospitals are embracing the use of telehealth technologies. Discusses benefits including virtual consultations with distant specialists for people in rural areas, the ability to perform high-tech monitoring without requiring patients to leave their homes, and providing patients with less expensive and more convenient care options. Features several telehealth projects who serve those living in rural communities, including the NC Telepsychiatry Network, the Medical University of SC, and the Geisinger Health Plan in rural Pennsylvania.
    Date: 01/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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    PubMed Search: Telemedicine and Rural Health Services
    Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of rural telemedicine.
    Type: Literature Search
    Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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    Rationale and Design: Telepsychology Service Delivery for Depressed Elderly Veterans
    Describes a study and medical trial that will work to provide telepsychology services for depressed, elderly veterans living in rural America.
    Author(s): Leonard E. Egede, Christopher B. Frueh, Lisa K. Richardson, et al.
    Location: Trials, 10, 22
    Date: 04/2009
    Type: Document
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    Report to Congress: E-health and Telemedicine
    Report regarding the current state of e-health and telemedicine after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Includes current policy challenges, discussion of federal level telehealth activity, and a legislative proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
    Date: 08/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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    The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment: Workshop Summary
    Reports on a HRSA-sponsored workshop held in Washington, DC on August 8-9, 2012, that examined how the use of telehealth technology can fit into the U.S. health care system. Chapter 4 considers some of the overarching challenges in telehealth, especially for rural communities. Rural is also mentioned throughout the report.
    Author(s): Tracy A. Lustig
    Date: 2012
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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    Role of Telehealth/Videoconferencing in Managing Cancer Pain in Rural American Indian Communities
    Results of a study to determine the feasibility and effect of using videoconferencing to deliver cancer-related pain management education and case consultation to health care providers in rural AI/AN communities.
    Author(s): Haozous E, Doorenbos AZ, Demiris G, et al.
    Location: Psycho-Oncology, 21(2), 219-223
    Date: 02/2012
    Type: Document
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    Rural Behavioral Health: Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities
    Reviews the barriers to mental and substance use disorder treatment and services in rural communities, presents ways telehealth can address these barriers, and discusses the challenges in implementing telehealth services in rural areas.
    Author(s): Christina Currier, Suzanne Wise, Candi Byrne
    Location: SAMHSA In Brief, 9(2)
    Date: 2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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    Rural Kentucky Gains More Access
    Discusses comprehensive telehealth services available to medically underserved and economically disadvantaged Appalachian rural areas and provided by KentuckyOne Health, the state's largest health system. Addresses home telemonitoring and telepsychiatry, and their value to health care professionals and patients.
    Author(s): Deborah Burton, F. Rose Rexroat
    Location: Health Progress, 96(1)
    Date: 2015
    Type: Document
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    Rural Telehealth Capabilities and Outreach Continue to Grow
    Telehealth is being used more widely in rural areas, improving patient care for schoolchildren, seniors and every age group in-between.
    Author(s): Candi Helseth
    Location: Rural Monitor, 2013(Summer)
    Date: 08/2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    State Telehealth Laws and Medicaid Program Policies
    Provides a summary of telehealth-related laws and reimbursement policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using policy language available in each state as of July 2015. The primary focus of the report is on Medicaid coverage for telehealth services but also includes reference to state policies that require private insurer payment for the service.
    Date: 07/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy (National Telehealth Policy Resource Center)
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    State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Coverage & Reimbursement
    Compares telemedicine coverage and reimbursement standards for every state. Discusses Medicaid telemedicine coverage and conditions of payment for rural areas by reporting distance or geography restrictions.
    Author(s): Latoya Thomas, Gary Capistrant
    Date: 05/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: American Telemedicine Association
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    State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Coverage and Reimbursement
    A summary of telemedicine policy across the 50 states, with a specific focus on reimbursement standards and available coverage. Includes maps, data, and statistics using a grading scale for each state to allow for direct comparison.
    Author(s): Latoya Thomas, Gary Capistrant
    Date: 01/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: American Telemedicine Association
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    State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Physician Practice Standards & Licensure
    A summary of telemedicine policy and how it affects the use and availability of services for both patients and physicians across the 50 states. Includes maps, data, and statistics using a grading system for each state to allow for direct comparison.
    Author(s): Latoya Thomas, Gary Capistrant
    Date: 01/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: American Telemedicine Association
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    State Trends that Impact the Use of Telehealth at Health Centers: Store-and-Forward and Remote Patient Monitoring
    A discussion of several state policies and their legislative activity regarding telehealth services involving asynchronous encounters. These encounters include store-an-forward methods where data is transferred between a patient and provider, or provider to provider, and remote patient monitoring that uses two-way video, remote measurements, and phone-based systems to manage patient care.
    Author(s): Heidi Emerson
    Date: 09/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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    Streamlining Telemedicine Licensure to Improve Rural America
    Provides information and statistics to support advocacy efforts for telemedicine cross-state licensure to improve health care access in rural America.
    Author(s): Jarod Giger, Mary DeVany
    Date: 02/2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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    Technology Stemming from Tragedy
    Describes how Finger Lakes Community Health, a rural Federally Qualified Health Center, developed an open access telehealth network in response to two separate traffic accidents involving FLCH providers.
    Author(s): Kate Menzies
    Location: Rural Monitor
    Date: 08/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas
    Shares options for broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. Identifies alternative approaches to expanding rural broadband and factors to consider when planning a broadband project. Identifies economic, legal, and policy issues. Describes FCC efforts to foster broadband deployment in unserved areas. Appendix includes brief case studies.
    Date: 04/2014
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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    Telehealth and Telemedicine: Description and Issues
    Discusses the potential impacts of telehealth and telemedicine on healthcare access, cost, and quality with rural-specific information throughout. Details the telehealth activities of multiple federal agencies including Medicare and Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Indian Health Service (IHS). Also explains Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement policies associated with telehealth.
    Date: 03/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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    Telehealth in Rural America
    Discusses the use of telehealth in rural areas, related reimbursement challenges, and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for improving healthcare access and quality through the use of telehealth services.
    Date: 03/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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    Telehealth Parity Laws
    Policy brief discussing federal and state activities related to telehealth, as well as Medicaid and private insurer reimbursement for telehealth services. Identifies the arguments in favor of and against paying for telehealth at parity with in-person care. Discusses the role telehealth can play in rural access to healthcare.
    Location: Health Affairs
    Date: 08/2016
    Type: Document
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    Telehealth Policy Trends and Considerations
    Provides an overview of the field of telehealth and the potential questions that may arise when considering the creation of policy related to the subject. Focuses on three areas of interest for state policy makers: coverage and reimbursement, licensure, and safety and security. Includes a policy checklist and strategies being tested in several states.
    Date: 2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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    Telehealth Resource Centers
    Describes the telehealth resource centers which assist health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.
    Type: Website
    Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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    Telehealth Resources: An Introduction
    Discusses the Telehealth Resource Centers which provide support to healthcare organizations, networks and providers to implement telehealth programs that serve rural and underserved communities.
    Date: 02/2014
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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    Telehealth Services: Rural Health Fact Sheet Series
    Contains information on originating sites, distant site practitioners, telehealth services, billing and payment for professional services furnished via telehealth as well as for the originating site facility fee, and a list of helpful websites.
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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    Telehealth Start-Up and Resource Guide
    Provides an overview and framework for implementing telehealth in critical access hospitals and rural areas. Includes resources about telehealth and an annotated list of organizations that support telehealth activities.
    Date: 10/2014
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Telligen Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center
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    Telehealth: Into the Mainstream?
    Considers the promise and challenges of telehealth as a tool for addressing health needs with a particular notice to the opportunity to apply telehealth technology in rural America.
    Author(s): Lisa Sprague
    Date: 03/2014
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Health Policy Forum
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    Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes From Systematic Reviews
    A review of literature resulting in an evidence map for telehealth impacts on clinical outcomes for use by policymakers and other healthcare leaders. Identifies key areas that lack evidence-based research and suggests future studies needed to aid systematic review.
    Author(s): Annette M. Totten, Dana M. Womack, Karen B. Eden, et al.
    Date: 06/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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    Telemedicine Reaches Beyond Clinic Walls: Network Help Extend Access
    Discusses how telemedicine isn't confined to hospitals. It can reach patients in nursing homes, prisons and isolated geographic regions.
    Author(s): Candi Helseth
    Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Summer)
    Date: 08/2011
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Telemedicine: Changing the Landscape of Rural Physician Practice
    Discusses how telemedicine helps rural primary care physicians provide better care and allows specialists to care for patients in rural and underserved areas.
    Author(s): Bonnie Darves
    Date: 05/2013
    Type: Document
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    Telemedicine: The Promise and Challenges
    Provides an overview of telemedicine including a definition, current applications, policy issues surrounding it, evidence for its use, and a look forward to the future of the service delivery model. Includes examples of the application of telehealth services in rural areas.
    Author(s): Deanna Okrent
    Date: 06/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Health Reform
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    Telemental Health Guide
    Provides information and resources to help support the expansion of telemental health services. Includes information on how to develop, fund, sustain, and promote a telemental health program.
    Type: Website
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    Telemental Health in Today's Rural Health System
    Describes the organizational setting, services provided, and staff used in 53 telemental rural health programs. Also outlines the opportunities and challenges for telemental health in the rural health system.
    Author(s): David Lambert, John Gale, Anush Y. Hansen, Zach Croll, David Hartley
    Date: 12/2013
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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    Testimony by Kristi Henderson, University of Mississippi Medical Center, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    Testimony presented at a May 7, 2015 Labor-HHS Subcommittee hearing on rural health. Discusses how telehealth is improving healthcare in rural communities. Includes examples of telehealth across the nation, with more in-depth information about the telehealth services available to rural Mississippi through the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Center for Telehealth.
    Author(s): Kristi Henderson
    Date: 05/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Appropriations
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    USAC Rural Health Care Eligible Rural Areas Search
    A tool designed to determine if an organization is located in an eligible rural area for Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Rural Health Care Program. Identifies a county by urban, rural or partly rural status as defined by the program rules.
    Type: Tool
    Sponsoring organization: Universal Service Administrative Company
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    The Use of Telemedicine to Address Access and Physician Workforce Shortages
    Policy statement discusses opportunities to use telemedicine technologies to address pediatric workforce shortages in rural and urban settings. Opportunities discussed include improving access to care, physician capacity, quality of care, and costs of care.
    Author(s): James Marcin, Mary Rimsza, William Moskowitz
    Location: Pediatrics, 136(1)
    Date: 06/2015
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Pediatrics
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