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May 2018

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TQ CEO Tim Koxlien Nominated for Entrepreneur Of The Year in Central Texas for 2nd Year in a Row

TeleQuality's Founder and CEO Tim Koxlien was recently nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas for the 2nd year in a row! Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 8, 2018. Congratulations to our CEO Tim on this great honor!

Read full details and his comments in our press release now!

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On the Blog This Month -
TelePsychiatry: Revolutionizing Behavioral and Mental Health Care

One of the most under-discussed and stigmatized areas of health care is mental illness; yet, data shows our nation’s mental health needs are rapidly increasing. In honor of May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to highlight how technology is transforming one of the most important areas of medicine.

So how are broadband, health IT, and 21st century technology solutions impacting mental health care? Let’s dive into the world of telepsychiatry and telemental health in our most recent blog post to learn how they’re expanding access to mental health care like we’ve never seen before.

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Take Our VoIP Needs Survey!

TeleQuality is excited to announce we will soon introduce a voice telecommunications solution that will focus exclusively on solving voice pain points and fulfilling voice needs for our healthcare provider customers!

We need your feedback!

In an effort to ensure our voice solution fulfills the healthcare market’s communication needs, please give us your honest answers and recommendations in our VoIP needs survey, or if you're a TeleQuality customer take this survey.

Industry News

AHA Opposes 'Unexpected and Significant' Funding Cuts in FCC's Rural Telehealth Program

Becker's Hospital Review (4/25/18)- Jessica Kim Cohen

The American Hospital Association penned a letter to the Federal Communications Commission April 24th opposing "unexpected and significant" funding cuts to providers participating in its telehealth-focused Rural Health Care program. Read the full details in this Becker Hospital Review article now.

31 Senators Call on FCC to Increase $400M Cap for Rural Health Care Program

Health Data Management (5/15/18)- Greg Slabodkin

A bipartisan group of 31 senators is urging the Federal Communications Commission to increase the $400 million annual cap for the Rural Health Care Program, which provides funding for telecommunications and broadband services to rural communities to support telemedicine.

Read the latest developments for the Rural Health Care program in this Health Data Management article now.

CMS Says Forget 'Meaningful Use.'
Now Call it 'Promoting Interoperability' for Patients, Providers

Modern Healthcare (4/25/18)- Rachel Arndt

CMS regulators set out a plan to give the meaningful use program a makeover—or at least a new name, "promoting interoperability." The goal is to boost interoperability between patients and providers, a move that mirrors the government's MyHealthEData initiative to give patients more control over their health information.

Check out what this new goal means for your healthcare organization in this this Modern Healthcare article.

Officials May Push Data-Sharing as New Medicare Participation Requirement

McKnight's Long-Term Care News (5/1/18)- Marty Stempniak

The federal government is considering making data sharing a requirement of participating in Medicare, and officials want to hear what providers think of the idea. Want your voice heard on this proposal? Read this McKnight's Long-Term Care News article for details.

CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy for Patient Access to Care

Patient Engagement HIT (5/8/18)- Sara Heath

CMS has announced its first ever agency-wide Rural Health Strategy that will focus on increasing care quality and access for rural populations. The strategy aims to accomplish five goals: advancing telehealth services, applying a "rural lens" to agency policies, improving access to care, empowering rural patients to make healthcare decisions, and leveraging partnerships to achieve these objectives.

Read the full strategy and analysis in this Patient Engagement HIT feature.

Telemedicine Opening Doors to Specialty Care for Inmates

Scientific American (5/1/18)- Michelle Andrews

While you've probably heard of telemedicine increasing access to care for rural and underserved communities, did you know America's prisons are now reaping the benefits as well? This Scientific American feature highlights how telemedicine is bringing specialty care, including psychiatry and cardiology assistance, to our nation's inmates.

VA Finalizes Interstate Licensing Rule That Will ‘Open the Aperture’ for Telehealth

Fierce Healthcare (5/10/18)- Evan Sweeney

The Department of Veterans Affairs finalized a much-anticipated rule that allows providers to treat patients across state lines using telehealth, a critical element of a virtual care initiative launched last year. Read the exciting development in this Fierce Healthcare article today.

Bill Allowing Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes Senate

EHR Intelligence (5/9/18)- Elizabeth Snell

The Senate passed a bi-partisan bill that would let CMS offer incentives for behavioral health EHRs, aiming to improve care quality for patients. Read full details in this EHR Intelligence feature now.

Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in June

UNR School of Medicine 2018 16th Annual Western Region Flex Conference

Olympic Valley, CA
June 6-8, 2018

CARHC 2018 Rural Health Conference

Folsom, CA
June 25-27, 2018

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Customer Announcements

Funding Deadlines

RHC Program News for May from USAC

Here are all the latest news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of May! Included are FY2018 upcoming recommended submission dates, helpful guidance for completing your funding request, and important tips for FY2018.

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