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NCTRC Webinar – Capacity Building Through Telemedicine: Georgia Department of Public Health

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Hosted by: Southeast Telehealth Resource Center

Presented by:

Suleima Salgado, MBA Director of Telehealth, Telemedicine and Rural Health Initiatives , Georgia Department of Public Health

Description:

This webinar aims to address recent developments of telehealth and telemedicine in the state of Georgia, Department of Public Health (DPH). Audiences will learn how DPH built its infrastructure, discuss implementation strategies, hear lessons learned, and gain strategies on how to partner with various programs to increase access to care across rural and urban settings.

NCTRC Webinar – ETHAN: Emergency Telehealth and Navigation

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Hosted by: TexLa Telehealth Resource Center

Presented by:

Michael G. Gonzalez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Description:

ETHAN Overview
In December of 2014 HFD EMS launched an innovative program called ETHAN (Emergency Telehealth and Navigation Program) that utilizes advanced video/audio conferencing technologies. The video conferencing application connects the patient with an emergency physician for patient assessment and evaluation analogous within a hospital emergency room. While the encounter is taking place, the field crew remains on-scene to assist the physician with any additional patient information. This community-based mobile integrated healthcare system provides individuals who call 911 with low-acuity complaints to be triaged by telehealth emergency physicians for non-ambulance (taxi-cab, self-transport) and/or non-ED destinations (primary care clinic, home care) based on individual depositions. ETHAN has successfully increased efficiency and reduced the cost of emergency care by minimizing the use of EMS and ED’s. Here are highlights of ETHAN:

• Surpassed 20,000 patients within the City of Houston
• Diverts 9 out of 10 patients off of Houston Fire Department ambulances
• Reduces each EMS run by 44 minutes
• Generally, 15% of patients avoid the Emergency Room
• Physician/Patient/Medic talk approximately 5 minutes
• JEMS Article: https://www.jems.com/articles/print/volume-40/issue-11/features/houston-ems-advances-mobile-integrated-healthcare-through-the-ethan-program.html
• Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/5uXX8sQX214

School-Based Telemedicine Program Shown to Reduce ED Visits and Improve Morbidity for Children with Asthma

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

 

An article published recently in JAMA Pediatrics examined associations between a school-based telehealth program and all-cause emergency department visits made by Medicaid enrolled children. Researchers analyzed 2,443,405 child-months of Medicaid claims data, comprised by 23,198 children aged 3 to 17 years living in Williamsburg county, South Carolina. The data was categorized into pre- and post-intervention, with pre-intervention data spanning 2012 to 2014 and post-intervention data between 2015 and 2017. In addition to overall claims data, the research included a subsample of children with asthma, intended to capture associations between children with asthma and the same school-based telehealth program.
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2019 National Telehealth Research Symposium

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About SEARCH

The Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health (SEARCH) started in 2016 as a small team of academics, researchers, and clinical professionals who met to discuss the need for:

  1. A society of connected health researchers—free from commercial bias—to prove (or disprove) the benefits of telemedicine
  2. An annual meeting of open discussion revolving around telemedicine research, findings, and national priorities with the goal to share the findings and foster research collaborations among researchers and organizations who wish to define and develop the field of connected health research.
    • SEARCH2016 – Nashville, Tennessee
    • SEARCH2017 Spring – Leesburg, Virginia
    • SEARCH2017 Fall – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • SEARCH2018 – San Diego, California

SEARCH has developed into a society with a goal to promote connected health programs through the use of evidenced-based research.

 

Learn More here: https://searchsociety.org/2019-telehealth-research-symposium/

Advances in State Telehealth Policies Persist as Companies Work to Improve Cybersecurity & New Billing Codes are Released

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

 

CCHP Provides Resources to Navigate CA Medicaid’s New Telehealth Policy

Last month the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its finalized telehealth policy update for Medi-Cal (CA Medicaid) fee-for-service, as well as a few other programs (including Indian Health Services, Memorandum of Agreement (IHS-MOA), Federally Qualified Health Centers/Rural Health Clinics (FQHCs/RHCs), Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (PACT), Local Education Agency (LEA) and Vision Care).  An All Plan Letter was also distributed to Managed Care plans on the changes.  The most significant changes to the fee-for-service policy included allowing providers to decide what modality, live video or store-and-forward, will be used to deliver eligible services to a Medi-Cal enrollee as long as the service is covered by Medi-Cal and meets all other Medi-Cal guidelines and policies, can be properly provided via telehealth and meets the procedural and definition components of the appropriate CPT or HCPCS code.  Additionally, the home now qualifies as an originating site with no requirement that a provider be present with the patient at the time services are rendered.  DHCS has also opened up one code for e-consult, considered a subset of store-and-forward.  Finally, DHCS has specified that in order for a provider to qualify for reimbursement, they must be licensed in CA, enrolled as a Medi-Cal rendering provider or non-physician medical practitioner and affiliated with an enrolled Medi-Cal provider group.  The enrolled Medi-Cal provider group must be located in California or a border community.

The program specific manuals (for example, IHS-MOAs, and FQHCs/RHCs) do have additional requirements and restrictions.  CCHP has created a factsheet and comparison chart between the programs that outlines the various changes to the revised Medi-Cal policies.

To learn more, visit CCHP’s California webpage for all the latest developments in CA telehealth policy.

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Milbank Memorial Fund Releases Issue Brief on Policy Landscape of In-home Telehealth

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

 

In August, the Milbank Memorial Fund released an issue brief on the telehealth policy landscape, emphasizing the growth of synchronous, live-video telehealth delivered in patients’ homes and other nonclinical settings. The issue brief outlines the current state of home-based telehealth, differentiating between direct-to-consumer telehealth, which is commonly used to address minor and acute conditions using a patient’s personal devices, and in-home telehealth visits from a patient’s primary care provider, which are typically conducted for more serious conditions and may require more extensive technological components.
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FQHC Webinar Series Part 3 – Telehealth and Mental/Behavioral Health

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This webinar will focus on a very popular area in which telehealth can help deliver services: Mental/Behavioral Health. Telehealth has been shown to be an effective way in providing mental and behavioral health services and is one of the specialties many public and private payers will reimburse for if technology is utilized. This webinar will explain how to integrate telemental/behavioral health into your organization. Get tips and hear stories from clinics who have successfully done so to help you establish your own program.

Speakers:
Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, Program Director – Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center
Scott Weatherill, Chief Information Officer – Horizon Health Care, Inc.

Moderator:
Mei Kwong, JD, Executive Director – Center for Connected Health Policy

Download the Powerpoint PDF