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June 2018

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TeleQuality Commends FCC on Swift, Decisive Action to Increase Rural Health Care Program Funding Support

On June 19, 2018 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted a Report and Order in the Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Docket. The Report and Order increases the Rural Health Care (RHC) program cap from $400 million to $571 million, effective for Funding Year 2017. It also implements a carryover mechanism for unused funds and indexes the program cap to inflation moving forward.

Read our CEO's full statement on the critical funding increase in our press release.

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Tim Koxlien of TeleQuality Communications Named Entrepreneur
Of The Year® 2018 Award Winner in Central Texas

Join us in saying "Congratulations!" to TeleQuality Founder and CEO Tim Koxlien who won the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for Central Texas in the technology services category! As a Central Texas award winner, Tim is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 National Awards which will be announced at the awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018.

Read the full press release and comments here.

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This Month on the Blog:
Precision Medicine - Personalized Health Care of the Future

In a world where tailoring everything to the specific needs of the consumer is mainstream, what would it look like if we could personalize our medicine to this degree? That’s the premise behind the latest trending model from the healthcare industry called precision medicine or personalized medicine.

How does precision medicine work? What challenges does it face now and in the future? Can precision medicine be applied to underserved or rural areas? Let’s break down these questions and more in our newest blog post of 2018.

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Industry News

FCC Votes to Boost Rural Health Care Funding

Broadcasting & Cable (6/15/18)- John Eggerton

A majority of FCC commissioners have voted to boost the Universal Service Fund's Rural Health Care Program by $171 million, according to FCC chairman Ajit Pai. The program is a Universal Service Fund subsidy for broadband-facilitated diagnosis and treatment.

Read full details in this Broadcasting and Cable article now.

Rethinking Rural Health Care

Modern Healthcare In-Depth

More than 80 rural hospitals have shuttered since 2010 and hundreds more are in danger. Millions of patients are at risk of being without a community hospital and providers in metropolitan areas could see an influx of patients with significant, untreated conditions.

Uncover new ways to reimagine rural healthcare with this in-depth feature article series from Modern Healthcare.

Skyping the doctor? Poll Shows It's Not Just for the Young

Associated Press via Sioux City Journal (5/31/18)- Lauran Neergaard & Emily Swanson

More and more older Americans are embracing the latest advancements in remote patient monitoring and home care. Read this Sioux City Journal article that dives deep into the way telemedicine monitoring is changing lives for aging Americans and their families.

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

mHealth Intelligence (5/30/18)- Eric Wicklund

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's 40-point plan to improve school safety includes a recommendation to expand an innovative telehealth program giving students access to mental health counselors. Read this mHealth Intelligence article for details on how the plan breaks down.

Azar Touts New SNF Pay Model for Making Long-Term Care Sustainable

Modern Healthcare (6/5/18)- Susannah Luthi

HHS Secretary Alex Azar is proposing a new reimbursement model for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) focusing on the shift to value-based community care. Get the details in this Modern Healthcare piece now.

Why a Group of Health Systems Just Agreed to Share Precision Medicine Data with Each Other

FierceHealthcare (6/13/18)- Paige Minemyer

If precision medicine is really going to be the panacea experts have promised, it'll be because health providers agreed to play nice with each other. And that's what's happening in some health systems across the country. Find out who's taking on precision medicine data sharing in this Fierce Healthcare feature today.

Health IT Stakeholders Urge CMS to Adopt 3 New Remote Monitoring Reimbursement Codes

Fierce Healthcare (6/11/18)- Evan Sweeney

Nearly 50 health IT stakeholders are calling Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand reimbursement for remote monitoring services in its next physician payment rule. Get details and how these codes could influence your healthcare organization in this Fierce Healthcare article.

Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in July

2018 45th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference

Flagstaff, AZ
July 26-27, 2018

MPHCA 2018 Annual Conference

Biloxi, MS
July 31-August 3, 2018

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Customer Announcements

Customers in the News

Lake Regional Announces Opening of New Family Birth Center
Lake Regional Health System

Valley-Wide Leaders Officially Break Ground on New Clinic
Valley-Wide Health Systems

Funding Deadlines

RHC Program News for June

Here are all the latest news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of June from USAC. Included below are important tips for Funding Year (FY) 2018 and helpful guidance for completing your funding requests by the close of the filing window on June 29, 2018.

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