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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – Resources

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

Telehealth.HHS.gov
Features information about U.S. government efforts to support and promote telehealth services, including information on how to start a telehealth program, billing and reimbursement, and policy changes related to COVID-19. Includes a patients page with information about exploring telehealth options.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Telehealth: COVID-19 & Pandemics
A collection of tools and resources for using telehealth in the context of COVID-19. Includes both national resources and resources from the telehealth resource centers focused on serving specific states.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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HHS-OIG's Oversight of COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Information on the HHS response, including telehealth-related information and other policies and guidance. Also includes information on OIG monitoring of potential fraud related to COVID-19.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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DEA COVID-19 Information Page
Guidance for DEA-registered telehealth practitioners to issue prescriptions for controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice
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COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage Policies
Summary of telehealth services that are covered by various public and private payers related to COVID-19. Includes information on state and federal actions.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Rural Telehealth Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop telehealth programs to improve healthcare access. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Case Study: Partnership Enables Hospital to Provide Local Access to 24-Hour Health Care Through Telemedicine
Shares the approach of Seward, Nebraska-based Memorial Health Care Systems' "convenience campaign," which focuses on using technology to meet the needs of a younger-than-average patient base. Discusses building partnerships and utilizing new technologies to improve healthcare accessibility through same-day clinics, online communications, and 24/7 virtual care.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, Early Adopter Partner, Memorial Health Care Systems
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Health IT Playbook
Serves as 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.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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USAC Rural Health Care Eligible Rural Areas Search
Determines if an organization is located in an eligible rural area for Universal Service Administrative Company's (USACs) 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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Medicare Learning Network: Telehealth Services
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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Last Updated: 5/25/2022