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April 2018

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TeleQuality's Presentation at Mississippi Telehealth Association's Annual Conference

Missed TeleQuality's speech about broadband funding opportunities for telehealth at the Mississippi Telehealth Association's annual conference? You're in luck! Catch the full presentation by TQ's Director of Sales Natalie Verette in this archived version now!

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On the Blog this Month: Remote Patient Monitoring

What if we told you one type of telemedicine has the potential to help manage chronic diseases, allow older and disabled individuals to live at home longer, avoid prematurely moving those individuals into skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), reduce hospitalizations numbers, reduce readmissions, reduce length of stays in hospitals, and more?

Welcome to the power of remote patient monitoring, or RPM. Read our April blog post for a deep dive feature into this powerful telemedicine application.

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Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants Applications Now Open!

Attention rural healthcare providers! The application window for the USDA's Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants is now open! These grants help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Interested? Sign up for the USDA's educational webinar or click here for more info on the program, elibility, rules and more!

Industry News

Industry Voices - Is Healthcare Leaving a Fifth of Us Behind? How Joint Ventures Can Prioritize Rural America

Fierce Healthcare (3/28/18)- Corbin Petro

Consolidation and a shift toward digital services will reshape healthcare, but rural communities could be left behind. This article from Fierce Healthcare discusses how joint ventures can prioritize rural healthcare in America moving forward. Read the details in this article now.

OCR Considering HIPAA Privacy Rule, Enforcement Changes

Healthcare Info Security (3/28/18)- Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is opening up a comment period for industry stakeholders to provide feedback on three key HIPAA policy inititaves. Read what the OCR is specifically seeking comments on in this Healthcare Info Security article today.

Schools Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle Student Depression, Violence

mHealth Intelligence (4/2/18)- Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program launched in 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has helped schools in Lubbock, Texas, identify and treat hundreds of students in need of psychiatric services. Read how your community can develop and benefit from a similar program in this mHealth Intelligence feature now.

What Are the Biggest Challenges for Telemedicine Programs?

MedCity News (3/25/18)- Erin Dietsche

What are the top challenges for telemedicine programs? Read this MedCity article that details findings from a recent survey evaluating the biggest hurdles telemedicine programs face in 2018.

Millennials Demand Telehealth in A Move Away from Traditional Primary Care Model

Mobi Health News (4/4/18)- Beth Jones Sanborn

Millenials are demanding disruption in the healthcare industry and pushing towards telehealth and telemedicine services for their generation's care. What are they looking for in a 21st century healthcare model? Check out this Mobi Health News article that highlights healthcare preferences from millenials, baby boomers, and the newest Gen X population.

Hospital Works with Ride-Sharing Business to Transport Patients

Greenfield Daily Reporter (4/5/18)- Rorye Hatcher

One of the biggest issues with expanding access to care in America is transportation for certain patients. Now, hospitals are changing the game by partnering with local ride-sharing businesses to provide free or low cost transportation. Interested in how it works? Read this article for details today.

OIG Identifies $3.7M in Improper Medicare Telehealth Payments, Which Could Lead to More Scrutiny for Providers

Fierce Healthcare (4/16/18)- Evan Sweeney

The OIG just revealed Medicare paid out $3.7 million in improper payments for telehealth which could lead to increased scrutiny for providers on these payments. What does this mean for your organization and how can you prepare? Read this Fierce Healthcare article to find out.

Pending Legislation & Regulatory Database for All 50 States

Center for Connected Health Policy

Looking for a database on ALL the pending legislation and regulations for each of the 50 states in regards to telemedicine, licensing, and reimbursement? Check out this comprehensive database from the Center for Connected Health Policy at the The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center.

Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in May

VACSB 2018 Development and Training Conference

Portsmouth, VA
May 2-4, 2018

CIBHS 2018 Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Expo

Carlsbad, CA
May 2-3, 2018

CTN 2018 Telehealth Summit

San Diego, CA
May 16-18, 2018

APHCA 2018 Networking Forum

Birmingham, AL
May 23-24, 2018

TexLa 2018 Telehealth at the Crossroads Conference

San Antonio, TX
May 30-31, 2018


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Customer Announcements

Funding Deadlines

RHC Program News for April from USAC

Here are all the latest news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of April from USAC! Included are updates on FY2017 funding information and proration, helpful guidance for completing your funding request form(s), and important tips for FY2018.

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