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Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

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Article author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year.

Those outcomes are included in a case study published in the August edition of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). Using that as a benchmark, the case study’s authors say a connected care platform could save the nation $1.5 million per year.

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Congress Looks to Give SNFs More Telemedicine for Senior Care

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

 – In the latest effort by Congress to compel Medicare to embrace telehealth, a group a lawmakers have submitted a bill that would enable skilled nursing facilities to adopt connected health technology.

The Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2018 aims to reduce rehospitalizations at qualified SNFs by giving them more incentives to use telemedicine and telehealth to improve patient care.

The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.).

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Kansas School Nurse Conference

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This year’s Kansas School Nurse Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita. HTRC will host an exhibit, so please stop by to learn more about how school-based telehealth can benefit nurses and students. Please call 316-978-6493 to register.

Southeast Telehealth Resource Center

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The Southeast Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC) is one of 14 TeleHealth Resource Centers ( 12 Regional and 2 National) funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth through a grant program to provide support and guidance to Telehealth programs. Our mission is to serve as a focal point for advancing the effective use of Telehealth and support access to Telehealth services in rural and underserved communities in the southeastern region of the United States. We have extensive Telehealth experience and can provide services, resources and tools to both developing and operating programs.

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Lloyd Sirmons

Lloyd received his Associates Degree in Computer Science from Columbus State University 1998. He immediately began his IT career working with TSYS of Columbus, GA where he worked as a mainframe programmer. He worked a number of years with Columbus Regional as a System’s Analyst before entering into full time ministry where he served in pastoral leadership for nearly fourteen years before joining the GPT team in August of 2010 as the BTOP Project Director. He completed his BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University in 2009. Lloyd not only brings a sound knowledge of IT solutions, but also brings strong leadership and communication skills as the Director of the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center.

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TexLa Telehealth Resource Center

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The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center is a federally funded program designed to provide technical assistance and resources to new and existing Telehealth programs throughout Texas and Louisiana. The TexLa TRC will continually evaluate Telehealth programs in these two states for effective delivery of Telehealth services, efficiency, sustainability, and patient satisfaction. For more information, click on the button below to visit our website.

Call Us: (877) 391-0487

TexLa TRC Staff

Ariel Santos, MS, MPH, FRCS, FACS, FCCM
Principal Investigator

Dr. Santos, trauma and acute care surgeon and surgical critical care intensivist is a graduate of The University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His post-doctoral education included a Residency in General Surgery followed by a Fellowship in Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Louisville  as well as Clinical fellowship in Trauma at University of Toronto where he is a leader in tele-consultation and tele-trauma. Dr. Santos was later recruited to join the Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care  division at Penn State University Medical Center where he also held the position of Associate Program Director of Emergency General Surgery for three years.  He joined TTUHSC in 2013 where he set up Tele-trauma in Amarillo.  He is recently appointed as the Telemedicine director of the School of Medicine and the Chief of the Acute Care Surgery Service of Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. He is a fellow of The American College of Surgeon, The Royal College of Surgeon and Physician of Canada and The American College of Critical Care Medicine.  He is an active member of ACS, Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma (EAST), and Society of Critical Care Medicine.  He is a recipient of numerous research and teaching awards and licensed to practice in three countries – USA, Philippines and Canada.

Becky Jones, MSN, RN-BC, CPHA
Program Manager

Health care quality has dominated over half of Ms. Jones career as a registered nurse, dealing with patient safety and quality issues specific to ambulatory care. That experience enabled Ms. Jones to use quality principles and methods to facilitate process changes to maximize use of EHR technology promoting patient safety, cost reduction, and practice efficiency in her most recent position with the WTxHITREC. Extensive experience with change management, project management, team facilitation, workflow analysis and redesign enabled Ms. Jones to apply those principles working directly with practices in rural west Texas while considering the barriers and issues faced by rural healthcare providers.

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