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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – Resources

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

State Telehealth Policy: Summary and Findings from the Summer 2022 Webinar Series
Offers a summary of presentations included in the Center for Connected Health Policy's (CCHP) Summer 2022 webinar series. Covered topics include telehealth in school-based programs, licensure, private payer telehealth laws, and telehealth policies for substance use disorder treatment.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Contraceptive Care Service Provision via Telehealth Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic at Rural and Urban Federally Qualified Health Centers in 2 Southeastern States
Explores a study on the use of telehealth by Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to provide contraceptive services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Alabama and South Carolina. Breaks down data by clinic accessibility and services offered, type of contraceptives provided, and rural versus urban location, among other factors.
Author(s): Kate Beatty, Michael G. Smith, Amal J. Khoury, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Telehealth at the Crossroads Conference 2022
Video recordings of presentations at the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center's 2022 annual Telehealth at the Crossroads Conference. Topics include telemedicine's role in addressing health disparities, telehealth utilization among vulnerable populations, digital health equity, and more.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: TexLa Telehealth Resource Center
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Telehealth Strategies for the Delivery of Maternal Healthcare
Presents a rapid review of studies published since 2015 on the use of telehealth for maternal care, highlighting findings related to clinical outcomes, maternal and obstetric health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and other measures. Discusses maternal telehealth's potential as a supplement and as a replacement for in-person care.
Author(s): Amy G. Cantor, Rebecca M. Jungbauer, Annette M. Totten, et al.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Pandemic-Triggered Adoption of Telehealth in Underserved Communities: Descriptive Study of Pre- and Postshutdown Trends
Study examining telehealth utilization before and during the COVID-19 pandemic based on Medicaid reimbursement data for Alabama from March 2019 to June 2021. Breaks down data by race/ethnicity, gender, rurality, age, and by service and provider type.
Author(s): Pei Xu, Matthew Hudnall, Sidi Zhao, et al.
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(7), e38602
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Managing Innovation: A Qualitative Study on the Implementation of Telehealth Services in Rural Emergency Departments
Study examining adoption and utilization of telehealth through interviews with 18 key informants from 6 healthcare systems that provide telehealth support to 65 rural emergency departments through a hub-and-spoke model. Discusses stages of implementation and factors that facilitate or impede implementation.
Author(s): Mochamad Muska Nataliansyah, Kimberly A.S. Merchant, James A. Croker, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 22, 852
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Behavioral Healthcare Organizations' Experiences Related to Use of Telehealth as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Exploratory Study
Study examining the experiences of substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health treatment service providers with telehealth based on surveys of 391 individuals on behalf of their organizations. Describes COVID-related experiences with telehealth, general telehealth experiences, and recommendations for continued telehealth delivery, including rural-specific insights and concerns.
Author(s): Abby Kisicki, Sara Becker, Michael Chaple, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 22, 775
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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The Evolution of Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multiyear Retrospective of FAIR Health's Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker
Brief presenting data from the FAIR Health Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker on changes in telehealth utilization, diagnoses, and procedure codes at the national and regional level between January 2020 and March 2022. Notes shifts in telehealth utilization during specific seasons and connects those shifts to changes in COVID-19 infection rates.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: FAIR Health
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Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy – Medicaid Telehealth Policy & Substance Use Disorder
Webinar covering state and federal Medicaid telehealth policy for the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD). Offers an overview of telehealth, its expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its application in SUD treatment with examples from Arkansas and Philadelphia. Also covers research on disparities in drug-related mortality and access to treatment during the pandemic. Captions are available by clicking "CC" at the bottom of the video pane.
Additional links: Presentation slide deck
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Introduction to Improving Telehealth and Virtual Care for Pain Management and Opioid/Substance Use Disorder
Summarizes a meeting of the Pain Management Guidelines and Evidence Standards (PM) and Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services (PTR) Working Groups of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. Discusses telehealth flexibilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency, telehealth use for pain management, and telehealth-based treatment of opioid and substance use disorders.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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Last Updated: 8/16/2022