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February 2018

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Speaking Remarks: Comments from TeleQuality's CEO Tim Koxlien at the INCOMPAS Policy Summit

TeleQuality CEO Tim Koxlin recently spoke at the INCOMPAS Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Read his remarks on how the telecom and competitive carrier industries can work together to close the digital divide as well as insights into TQ's recent merger with Education Networks of America. Click here for the full press release and details.

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TeleQuality Files Comments to FCC's Rural Telehealth NPRMO

TeleQuality recently submitted comments to the FCC in response to their Rural Telehealth NPRMO which sought industry feedback on strategies and tactics to modernize the FCC's Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. Read TeleQuality's recommendations on a variety of challenges facing the RHC program including how to raise the funding cap, streamlining the application process, updating the competitive bidding process to push out abuse and fraud, and more. Read our full comments and submission here.

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Speaking Engagement: Natalie Verette to Speak at the Mississippi Telehealth Association's Annual Conference on Funding for Telehealth

TeleQuality's Director of Sales Natalie Verette will be speaking at the upcoming Mississippi Telehealth Association's (MTHA) 2018 Annual Conference! Her session entitled "Funding Telehealth through USAC" will cover everything you need to know about the Universal Service Fund, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), the Rural Health Care (RHC) program and its two mechanisms, the roles of service providers and healthcare providers in the funding process, funding timelines, paperwork requirements, eligible services, and so much more!

Discover more details on the the session, the conference, and its full agenda here.

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On the Blog This Month - School-Based TeleHealth Care: The Intersection of Health, Tech and Education

February is School-Based Health Care Awareness Month and the perfect time to discover how telehealth is revolutionizing school-based health care programs across the country. Combining the power of school clinics, quality health care, and powerful modern technologies, telehealth in schools is changing the way health care is delivered to our newest generation of Americans.

Learn more about how school-based health programs work, incorporating telehealth into the process, the benefits these programs provide to their students, and so much more in our February feature School-Based TeleHealth Care: The Intersection of Health, Tech, and Education, our 2nd blog post of 2018.

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Industry News

CHIME Wants the FCC to Double Rural Broadband Funding to Advance Telehealth, Prevent Opioid Overdoses

Fierce Healthcare (2/6/18)- Evan Sweeney

The College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) wants twice as much funding for a federal program to expand broadband access for rural providers and identify ways to curb opioid abuse through telehealth. Read full details on their proposal here.

Draft Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Are Ready for Review

mHealth Intelligence (1/29/18)- Eric Wicklund

In a partnership with the American Telemedicine Association, ClearHealth Quality Institute has unveiled a draft set of standards for a new telemedicine accreditation program. Read this article to discover what these accredidation standards could mean for your telemedicine services.

Telehealth Gives Senior Centers a Gateway to Patient Engagement

mHealth Intelligence (1/26/18)- Eric Wicklund

California-based Front Porch is using a wide variety of telehealth programs, from interactive touchscreens and tablets to robotic seals, to engage its senior population and improve their mental and physical health. Check out these revolutionary applications of health IT and telehealth in this article now.

Regulators Focus on Reducing Physician EHR Burden

Medical Economics (1/25/18)- Keith Martin

Countless surveys and studies have found that electronic health records (EHR) have produced huge administrative and paperwork burdens on physicians in the past decade, but what is the industry doing about it? Read what ONC leader Don Rucker, MD, believes his division can focus on to relieve the burden in this article from Medical Economics.

Trump’s New Infrastructure Plan Allocates $50B to Rural Area Investments, Eases Small Cell Deployments

Fierce Telecom (2/13/18)- Sean Buckley

President Donald Trump recently issued a new $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that his administration claims will help drive rural broadband and ease permitting processes for wireless operators installing small cell infrastructure. Under the plan, $50 billion would be made available to the Rural Infrastructure Program for capital investments in rural infrastructure investments. Full details can be found in this Fierce Telecom article.

Buried in Last Week's Budget Deal: Big Changes for Telehealth in Medicare

Advisory Board (2/14/18)

Industry stakeholders are praising a telemedicine bill included in Congress' recently enacted spending package (HR 1892), saying the measure will improve access to telemedicine services for Medicare beneficiaries. Make sure you know what changes are coming down the pipeline for Medicare by reading this article now.

Azar: 'I Am a Big Supporter of Telehealth'

Health Leaders Media (2/15/18)- Steven Porter

The HHS secretary’s words of support coincide with a number of other promising signs for burgeoning acceptance and application of the technology. Discover what the newest HHS leader is saying about his upcoming work for the telehelath industry in this article.

Study: Use of EHRs Does Not Reduce Administrative Costs

Healthcare Informatics (2/21/18)- Heather Landi

Administrative costs in the US health care system are an important component of total health care spending, and a substantial proportion of these costs are attributable to billing and insurance-related activities. Although it had been assumed that the widespread adoption of certified EHRs would help reduce administrative costs for physicians in a variety of specialties, a newly released study found that this benefit has not been achieved. Read the shocking findings from the study today.

Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in March

OHCA 2018 Spring Expo

Eugene, OR
March 1-2, 2018

2018 OACHC Annual Conference

Columbus, OH
March 5-7, 2018

MTHA 2018 Annual Conference

Jackson, MS
March 28, 2018

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Customer Announcements

Customers in the News

Selma Welcomes New Medical Program
Rural Health Project Draws Praise
Rural Health Medical Program

State Grant for Sherman Mental Health Center
Texoma Community Center

Capstone Breaks Ground for New Facility
Capstone Rural Health Center

Changing the Healthcare Landscape
Local Clinics Awarded Top Status for Immunization Programs
Community Care of West Virginia

Doug Jones Announces First Official Alabama State Tour
Cahaba Medical Care Foundation Rural Health Medical Program

Funding Deadlines

Rural Health Care Program News for February from USAC

Click here for all the latest news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of February! Included are updates on Funding Year 2017, helpful guidance for completing your funding request, as well as important tips for Funding Year 2018.

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