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January 2018

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TeleQuality Communications Merges with Education Networks of America

TeleQuality is excited to announce we have joined forces with market-leader Education Networks of America (ENA) to continue bringing high-quality broadband Internet connectivity and communication expertise to community anchor institutions (CAIs) across the United States. Under this merger and partnership, both companies will maintain its offices while combining respective resources to continue serving schools, libraries and rural healthcare systems with high-capacity broadband services.

For more information on the merger, please read our press release.

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TeleQuality CEO Tim Koxlien to Speak at INCOMPAS Policy Summit in February

TeleQuality CEO Tim Koxlien will speak at the upcoming INCOMPAS Policy Summit in Washington, DC, on February 7th! He will join other C-Level executives for a panel discussion on strategic investment decisions in the telecommunication and technology industries.

Click here for further event details.

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Tim Koxlien speaks at Incompas

On the Blog This Month - On-Demand Health Care

On the Blog this Month: An Uber for Health Care? How On-Demand Health Services Are Bringing Back Old-School Medicine

In the age of smart technology at our fingertips, multiple start-up companies are challenging the notion of old-fashioned house calls being outdated and inefficient with “on-demand” health care services that bring the doctor to your doorstep.

Can on-demand health care that increases access and lowers costs truly work in our 21st century healthcare space? Let’s break down each side of the argument in our first blog post of 2018.

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Exclusive TeleQuality Webinar: Funding Your Telecom Needs

Did you miss the webinar we cohosted with the Tennessee Hospital Association and the Rural Health Association of Tennessee last week? No worries, you can watch the recorded version here. Don't miss your opportunity to hear from TQ's Director of Sales Natalie Verette as she breaks down the Universal Service Fund's Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. The webinar includes information on eligibility requirements, funding timelines, required paperwork, services eligible for funding and more!

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Industry News

Survey: More than 8 in 10 Provider Organizations Don’t Have a Cybersecurity Leader

Fierce Healthcare (12/20/17) - Evan Sweeney

A new survey has found more than 8 in 10 provider organizations don't have a designated point person for cybersecurity, effectively making up a majority of providers. What are the details and why do so many providers lack cybersecurity leadership? Read the full article now.

Sheriff's Office Tests Out New Telepsych Program for Mental Health Crises in the Field

MySA (12/18/17) - Keri Blakinger

A new pilot program launched with the Harris County's sheriff's office and local telepsychiatry provider, JSA Health Corp., will arm deputies with tablets equipped to dial in to psychiatrists for urgent video chats, offering professional help out in the field to people who don't necessarily need to go to jail or an emergency room. The program is believed to the first of its kind in the country and could pave the way for telepsych to help law enforcement in the field. Read this article for details on the program and if your community could benefit from a similar partnership.

Raising the Cap?

FCC Looks to Expand Funding for the Rural Health Care Program to Support Telemedicine and Virtual Care

Fierce Healthcare (1/3/18) - Evan Sweeney

After two years of hitting the $400 million annual funding cap, the FCC's Rural Health Care Program may be getting the cap raise it needs. The FCC published an official notice requesting industry input on how to modernize the program and raise the cap moving forward. Read the full notice details here.

New Group Lobbies to Use ‘TV White Space’ for Rural Telehealth

mHealth Intelligence (1/2/18) - Eric Wicklund

Citing its uses for telehealth and telemedicine, Connect Americans Now is urging the FCC to include 'TV white spaces spectrum' in its efforts to expand broadband connectivity to rural America. Read the details in this article now.

White Space Broadband

Telehealth

HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein Says Agency Will Review Existing Telemedicine Payment Rules

Fierce Healthcare (1/10/18) - Evan Sweeney

The current HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein recently made some encouraging comments towards potentially updating the limiting rules for how Medicare reimburses for telehealth. Read what he had to say here.

Trump Says Broadband Plan Will Allow Rural Farmers to Compete on a Level Playing Field

Fierce Telecom (1/9/18)- Sean Buckley

The White House has been busy in January for rural broadband progress. The Rural Prosperity Task Force released its report and recommendations, while President Trump signed two executive orders in an effort to streamline regulations that might burden rural broadband projects. Read the details on all these latest actions here.

Rural Broadband

FCC Announcement

Mastering MACRA: What You Need to Know About Medicare's Physician Quality Payment Program

Modern Healthcare

Need a comprehensive guide for all things MACRA? Check out this interactive guide from Modern Healthcare to find answers to all your MACRA questions and more!

Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in February

2018 AACHC Annual Conference

Phoenix, AZ
February 6-7, 2018

INCOMPAS - Policy Summit

Washington, DC
February 7, 2018


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Customer Announcements

Funding Deadlines

Rural Health Care Program News for January from USAC

Click here to see all the latest Rural Health Care Program news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of January from USAC! Included are updates on FY2017, announcements on modified filing window dates for FY2018, as well as reminders for important online training sessions geared towards helping applicants in the submission process.

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