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September 2018

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Telehealth Reimbursement Update: Top Takeaways from CMS’ Proposed Rule

We are excited to share some very good news for the telehealth and healthcare community. CMS published their 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program which included several proposed amendments for increased telehealth reimbursement.

Let’s break down what new codes were proposed, what they could mean for telehealth reimbursement, and summarize the industry’s reaction in our most recent post.

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TQ Customers Recipients of Precision Medicine, Opioid & Hurricane Assistance Grant Funding

Grant season is in full swing and our customers are among the recipients! Let’s take a look at three recently announced federal grant programs and congratulate our customers who are receiving much deserved funding!

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TQ CEO Tim Koxlien to Speak at Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) Annual Conference

TeleQuality's CEO Tim Koxlien will be speaking on the latest developments in the FCC's Rural Health Care (RHC) Program at the upcoming Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) annual conference in Washington, DC, on October 10. The Rural Health Care Workshop will feature a panel of speakers to discuss pending policy issues, such as the definition of "rural" and how to determine the rural rate. Check out the full agenda and speaker bios for the conference here.

ENA CEO David Pierce Receives Prestigious George “Kip” Reel Award

At the recent Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) Annual Awards Banquet, ENA CEO David Pierce was awarded the prestigious George “Kip” Reel Award. This award is given in honor of the late Kip Reel, a former Tennessee director of schools and TOSS executive director who was an active advocate for Tennessee schools and a wonderful friend of ENA. The award is given to individuals who have played an important role in education in Tennessee. Among the criteria for the selection are leaders who have the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

Check out the full press release by clicking here.

Industry News

Small-Town Ingenuity is Making Gigabit Broadband a Reality

Wired (8/26/18)- Matt Dunne

Discover the untold story of rural broadband where independent broadband networks are proliferating and making gigabit speeds a reality in this featured article from Wired.

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

mHealth Intelligence (8/27/18)- Eric Wicklund

Using an after-hours telemedicine platform, a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility treated more patients on-site, reduced costly hospital transports and cut its Medicare expenses by more than $1.5 million in one year. Read their story in this mHealth Intelligence article.

New Government Rules Could Accelerate Telemedicine

Venture Beat (9/5/18)- Joel Wishkovsky

Uncover how impactful the new CMS regulation changes to telemedicine reimbursement, if approved, could be for healthcare providers and telemedicine companies in this opinion piece from Venture Beat.

CMS Removes Medicare Requirements Identified as Unnecessary, Obsolete or Excessively Burdensome

Healthcare Finance (9/17/18)- Susan Morse

Proposed rule on removing such mandates as "re-approval" is expected to save healthcare facilities $1.12 billion per year. Read more about the removed requirements in this article from Healthcare Finance.

Are Healthcare Providers Getting Comfortable With Telehealth?

mHealth Intelligence (9/17/18)- Eric Wicklund

Recent research indicates that healthcare providers are diagnosing and treating patients with telehealth as well as - or even better than - they're doing in person. Does this mean virtual care technology has reached maturity? Dive into this question and more in this mHealth Intelligence feature.

Doctors Speak Out: CMS Gets 15,314 Comments on Proposed Physician Medicare Changes

mHealth Intelligence (8/23/18)- Eric Wicklund

The CMS asked for industry comments, and boy did they get them! Over 15,000 comments were submitted on the proposed Medicare changes. Get the summary and scoop on what the industry is asking for in this Fierce Healthcare article.

Conference News

Come See Us at the Following Conferences in October

Alabama Primary Health Care Association (APHCA) 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show

Orange Beach, AL
October 2-4, 2018

Virginia Association of Community Service Boards (VACSB) 2018 Public Policy Conference

Roanoke, VA
October 3-5, 2018

Tennessee Primary Care Association (TPCA) 2018 Annual Leadership Conference

Murfreesboro, TN
October 3-5, 2018

California Primary Care Association (CPCA)2018 Annual Conference

Sacramento, CA
October 4-5, 2018

Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) 2018 Annual Conference & Clinical Summit

Lancaster, PA
October 9-11, 2018

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) 2018 Annual Conference

Washington, DC
October 10-12, 2018

Georgia Association of Primary Health Care (GAPHC) 2018 Annual Conference

Atlanta, GA
October 17-19, 2018

West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA) 2018 Annual Rural Health Conference

Pipestem, WV
October 17-19, 2018

Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services 2018 Annual Conference

Columbus, OH
October 18-19, 2018

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Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) 2018 Rural Health Conference

Cambridge, MD
October 22-23, 2018

Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH) 2018 HITCON

Frisco, TX
October 25-26, 2018

Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB) 2018 Annual Educational Exchange

Braselton, GA
October 28-30, 2018

Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) 2018 Annual Conference

Austin, TX
October 28-31, 2018

INCOMPAS 2018 Show

Las Vegas, NV
October 29-31, 2018

Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA) 2018 Annual Conference

Jackson, MS
October 31-November 2, 2018

Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA) 2018 Rural Health Clinic Workshop

Jackson, MS
October 31, 2018

Customer Announcements

Funding Deadlines

RHC Program News for September

Here is the latest news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of September from USAC. It includes important information about funding year (FY) 2017 consortia annual reports
and information about new resources and trainings.

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