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March 2018

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TQ Files Reply Comments to FCC's Rural Telehealth NPRMO

In response to the FCC's Promoting Telehealth in Rural America NPRMO, which seeks ways to modernize and reform the Rural Health Care (RHC) program, TQ filed reply comments after our intial comments submission to provide further feedback on recommendations.

Read TQ's initial and reply comments here. For our press release and CEO statement on the reply comments, click here.

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This Month on the Blog - Price Transparency in Health Care: Is it Possible?

While price transparency is apparent in nearly all industries, the healthcare industry has a notoriously complicated pricing and payment model that makes transparency more difficult than most people realize. Insurers, billing codes, negotiated contracts and other factors create the perfect storm for necessary individual-case-basis (ICB) pricing.

Why is healthcare pricing so complicated and is price transparency something we should be working towards? Read our newest blog post where we break down the pros, cons, and possible solutions for price transparency in health care.

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Industry News

Strong IT and Vendor Partnerships Are Key to Successful System-Wide Telehealth

Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (2/21/18)- Mike Baird

What is the secret recipe for telehealth success? Some experts say strong IT and vendor relationships are a critical ingredient. Read their insights and tips for success on aligning partnerships for telehealth in this article now.

New Tech Options are Helping Seniors Age in Place

Scientific American (3/12/18)- Gabi Redford

Telehealth is now allowing seniors to age gracefully from the comfort of their homes. Read this article featuring how telehealth systems that offer reminders and assistance are creating “monitored independence” for America's aging population.

Washington Program Trains Dental Super-Generalists to Serve Rural Communities

Rural Health Information Hub: The Rural Monitor (3/7/18)- Kay Miller Temple, MD

A new program from the University of Washington is tackling America's dental shortage problem, focusing on how best to serve rural communities. Read how this program is changing the outlook on rural dental care in this article today.

Intermountain Creates a Virtual Hospital with Telehealth Tools and Services

Healthcare IT News (3/1/18)- Bernie Monegain

A virtual hospital using telehealth? Read this article to learn how the Connect Care Pro program aims to reduce costs and length of stay for patients by extending medical services outside traditional hospital walls.

CMS Launches New Initiatives to Expand Patient Access to Health Data, Plans ‘Complete Overhaul’ of Meaningful Use

Fierce Healthcare (3/6/18)- Evan Sweeney

CMS made some huge announcements at HIMSS 2018, including CMS Administrator Seema Verma announcing the agency plans to overhaul Meaningful Use and crack down on data blocking while opening up data for patients. Read the full details in this article now.

Debating the Pros And Cons of Licensure Compacts for Telehealth

mHealth Intelligence (3/16/18)- Eric Wicklund

Licensure compacts: great progress or more complication than they're worth? Experts explain why licensure compacts are good or bad and how they may affect telehealth in this article.

Lack of Broadband Limits Telemedicine in Rural Areas

Next Avenue (3/15/18)- Randy Rieland

Why is broadband connectivity so important for treating America's increasing aging population? Read this article to find out why fixing connectivity holes could improve health for many older people throughout rural America.

HIMSS 2018: The Top 4 Takeaways on Cybersecurity to Improve the Odds for Your Organization

Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (3/7/18)- Dan Vergauwen and Martin Luethi, Strata Decision Technology

What top takeaways from HIMSS 2018 can your health IT team use to help improve cybersecurity defenses? Read this article to discover how to prepare your organization in 2018 and beyond.

Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in April

MRHA 2018 Rural Clinic Workshop

Jackson, MS
April 5, 2018

MRHA 2018 Rural Clinic Conference

Jackson, MS
April 6, 2018

MATRC 2018 Telehealth Summit

Hershey, PA
April 15-17, 2018

Channel Partners 2018 Conference & Expo

Las Vegas, NV
April 18-20, 2018

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Customer Announcements

Welcome Our New Customers

McCloud Healthcare Clinic, Inc.
McCloud, CA

Customers in the News

NMHS Physician Named Country Doc of the Year
North Mississippi Health Services

Mainline Selected Business of the Year
Mainline Health Systems

Community Care of W. Va. Aims to Bring Mental Health Program to Schools
Community Care of West Virginia

Senator Doug Jones at New Rural Health Medical Program Facility in Selma, Alabama
Rural Health Medical Program

Primary Healthcare Opens New Clinic in Rossville, GA
Primary Healthcare Centers of Georgia

Funding Deadlines

Rural Health Care Program News for March from USAC

Here are all the latest news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of March! Included are updates on FY2017 commitments, helpful guidance for completing your funding request, and important tips for FY2018.

Funding Year 2018 Filing Window Extended to June 29, 2018

The filing window was recently extended to June 29, 2018, allowing more time for healthcare providers to submit their paperwork to USAC. Read full details in USAC's latest news page here.

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