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2019 National Telehealth Research Symposium

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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.

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

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

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NCTRC Webinar – PATH & Healthcare Transformation: Advancing Robotics & AI in Healthcare

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Hosted by: Southwest Telehealth Resource Center

Presented by:

Jonathan Linkous


AI and related innovations have enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow faster, provide higher-quality products, and allow consumers greater choice. With spiraling costs, increased need and decreasing resources, and rapidly advancing new technologies and participants, healthcare lags significantly behind. PATH is a membership-based, mission-driven alliance to ensure the integration of automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) into the many components that comprise global healthcare. Healthcare Transformation: Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Robotics, is a new journal dedicated to transforming healthcare, by bringing together high-quality peer-reviewed research and impactful content dedicated to the advancement of artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics in healthcare, healthcare delivery, education, technology, innovation, and discovery. Mr. Linkous will summarize PATH’s and the journal’s mission and goals and how the field interacts with telemedicine.

FCC, CMS, California Medicaid All Take Steps to Expand Telehealth Utilization

By | Center for Connected Health Policy
Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy
FCC Pilot Up for Public Comment & FCC Voting to Overhaul Rural Health Care Program

Last month the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released their proposed ruleto establish the Connected Care Pilot Program to support the development of telehealth services and delivery for low-income Americans, especially among rural and veteran populations. A Notice of Inquiry for comments on the program was originally made in July 2018.  The FCC is proposing to adopt a $100 million budget, and would fund up to 20 connected care projects with a three-year funding period, though all costs of a pilot would not be fully funded by this program. The pilot would give health care providers the flexibility to determine health conditions and geographic areas that they would like to focus on. The program would be limited to only health conditions that typically require at least several months or more of treatment, such as behavioral health, opioid dependency, chronic health conditions and high risk pregnancies. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2019 and comments are due August 29, 2019.  FCC’s responses to public comments are expected on or before September 30, 2019.

Additionally, in July the FCC voted to adopt a Report and Order which indicates they will be reforming the way they distribute funding in the Rural Health Care Program, amidst growing demand and an effort to reduce inefficiencies and waste.  A major component of the Rural Health Care Program involves subsidizing the cost of broadband services for rural participants. The FCC plans to prioritize its support through the program based on “rurality tiers” as well as if the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) designates the area as a medically underserved population, with those classified as “extremely rural” receiving the highest priority.

To learn more about the FCC’s Report and Order and other planned changes, see the full document.

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NCTRC Webinar – An Overview of Cybersecurity

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Hosted by: National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center

Presented by: Jordan Berg


Cybersecurity is a major concern for health care and telehealth programs. This presentation will discuss the importance of Cybersecurity in Healthcare and present resources available to individuals and organizations wanting to become better versed in best practices and common threats. Core references for this presentation are the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework and the Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP) cybersecurity report. The goal of this presentation is to provide learners with tools to be able to research, discuss, and communicate important cybersecurity ideas.

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