Regional Conferences

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REGIONAL CONFERENCES

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN 2019.

Our regional Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) each host annual conferences. Although they’re small, their impact on attendees have lasting effects throughout the telehealth industry. No other organization can provide a bundle of conferences centralized on telehealth, technology, healthcare, and emerging policies. Engage with telehealth experts to explore solutions that fit your needs, and learn more about our resources. Read on to find out if a regional conference is happening near your state.

WHAT’S COMING IN 2020.

 

California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC) 

Serving the state of: California

Save the date! CTRC’s next conference is set for May 12th – 14th, 2020 at the Resort in Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, CA.

Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (gpTRAC)

Serving the states of: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Save the date! gpTRAC’s next conference is set for May 17th – 19th, 2020 at the Radisson Blue Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC)

Serving the states of: Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and New Jersey [shared].

Save the date! MATRC’s next conference is set for April 5th – 7th, 2020 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa.

Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC)

Serving the states of: New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, and New Jersey [shared]

Save the date! NETRC’s next conference is set for June 8th – 9th, 2020 at the DoubleTree Downtown in Manchester, NH.

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC)

Serving the states of: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Alaska

Save the date! NRTRC’s next conference is set for April 15th – 17th, 2020 at the Portland Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Portland, OR.

Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC)

Serving the states of: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio

Save the date! UMTRC’s next conference is set for July 14th – 15th, 2020 at the Gillespie Conference Center in South Bend, IN.

FQHC Webinar Series Part 1 – Telehealth and Chronic Care Management

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With the increasing number of reimbursement codes and interest from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in paying for Chronic Care Management (CCM) services in Medicare, opportunities are available to CHCs to take advantage of utilizing remote patient technology (RPM) to address their community’s needs. By managing chronic conditions, more serious health episodes may be avoided leading to potential cost saving and better quality of life for patients. Join us as we explore these opportunities and how to take advantage of them.

FQHCs will learn how to intiate their own telehealth program. Our presenters are directors of FQHCs and will be sharing what FQHCs need to consider when developing a telehealth program, from selecting equipment to policy issues that need to be consider. Listen in on these FQHC success stories and gain insight in jumpstarting your own telehealth program.

Speakers:
Kathy Wibberly, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
Howard Chapman, Director of Programs and Development, Tri-Area Community Health
Richard Albrecht, Director, Telehealth Network, Health Network Holdings, Inc.

Download the Powerpoint PDF Download the FQHC CCM Resources

New HITEQ Analysis of Health Center Clinical Quality Measures & Telehealth

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

The Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ) published an analysis on the performance of clinical quality measure for certain services by health centers who use telehealth to provide remote clinical care services compared to health centers that do not. According to the HITEQ Center analysis of data from the 2017 Uniform Data System (UDS) survey, health centers who use telehealth reported on average a slightly higher clinical quality measure performance for certain services than health centers who did not use telehealth—an indicator that the use of telehealth is at least comparable to in-person delivered care, if not slightly better.
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ATA 2019 Annual Conference and Expo

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Together, we will design the future of modern healthcare.

At ATA2019, healthcare professionals and leaders from an array of healthcare and technology sectors unite as one, cohesive community. Attendees learn, innovate, network, and return to their organizations with actionable insights, long-lasting connections, and an enhanced appreciation of telehealth—and how it transforms the way we deliver healthcare. Save the date for ATA2019: April 14–16, 2019 in New Orleans!

Exhibit and Sponsor Opportunities are now available! Learn more here. 

Federal Policies Race Towards Telehealth Expansion

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

Bill to Reinstate Net Neutrality Sees Progress

 

Last month, members of Congress introduced H.R. 1644, known as the Save the Internet Act of 2019. If passed, the bill would reinstate the net neutrality rules enacted by the Open Internet Order in 2015 which were subsequently redacted in 2017 by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The act would also prohibit the FCC from reissuing the same or a new order that is substantially the same as the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The three rules that would be reinstated with the passing of the Act prevent broadband internet services from blocking or throttling lawful content, applications, services, and non-harmful devices and prohibit paid prioritization of broadband services.

H.R. 1644 was introduced to the House on March 8th and has since passed review (yeas 18, nays 11) by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. As of March 26th, the bill is awaiting further action by members of the House. In a memorandum, Chairman Pallone of the Committee on Energy and Commerce stated that the repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order removed protections for people with disabilities and the assurance of fair access. By reinstating the order, he stated the FCC will again have the authority to prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization as well as to stop future harmful practices by broadband internet service providers.
Further information on the progress of H.R. 1644 is available through the Congress website.

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EMS Licensure Compact Gaining Traction in State Legislation

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

A recent trend among states is the introduction of legislation to adopt interstate licensure compacts.  Interstate licensure compacts allow special licensure or exceptions to state licensing requirements for specific health care providers to practice across state lines in other states that have adopted the same compact as long as certain requirements are met. Current compacts include the Physical Therapy Compact, Nurse Licensure Compact, Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.  One such compact that has received less attention, but has been gaining traction lately is the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). REPLICA is a multi-state compact that allows emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in REPLICA member states to respond to calls and transport patients across state lines and provide emergency services before returning to their home state without having to apply for a separate license in another REPLICA member state. It is not considered a separate license, but rather is an extension of a privilege for EMS personnel to practice on a short-term, intermittent basis under certain circumstances including:

  • Response areas that cross state lines
  • Staffing for large scale responses that are not at the level of a governor’s declaration of a disaster
  • Staffing for large scale planned special events such as concerts or sporting events

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In March, Telehealth Developments Roar In Like a Lion….

By | Center for Connected Health Policy

Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy

Newly Released RAND Reports

 

Two new reports were recently released by RAND.  The first report, Experiences of Medicaid Programs and Health Centers in Implementing Telehealth was commissioned by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to explore the experiences of state Medicaid programs and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in utilizing telehealth.  RAND researchers conducted telephone discussions with representatives of seven state Medicaid programs and 19 urban and rural FQHCs in the same states.  The findings from the report included that Medicaid policies varied across numerous areas and that FQHCs encountered barriers in reimbursement, workflow and provider willingness.  The second report was also commissioned by ASPE and is the Report to Congress: Current State of Technology-Enable Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building Models.  The report was required under the 2016 “Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO)” law.  The findings included that evidence of the impact of ECHO on patient and provider outcomes remains modest and an absence of standardization in the collection of information.
Visit the RAND website for more information.

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