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July 2018

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TeleQuality Presenting with ENA at Illinois Rural Health Association's Annual Conference

TeleQuality Communications will be speaking at the 2018 Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) Annual Conference! Don't miss our presentation on August 8th where we'll be teaming up with our parent company, Education Networks of America (ENA), to discuss 21st century Voice over IP (VoIP) needs and solutions for healthcare providers. For more information on the conference, visit our event calendar page.

If you'd like to schedule a time to meet with our speaking team at the conference, email us at

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This Month on the Blog:
Telemedicine Reimbursements -
A Beginner's Guide for 2018

The medical coding and reimbursement process from payers is notoriously confusing and complex, with many healthcare organizations dedicating entire teams to navigating the ever-changing landscape of rules and regulations that may vary with your organization’s state, practice, services, and third-party payer.

Join us as we navigate through the variables and rules for telemedicine reimbursement in our most recent post.

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Industry News

Industry Voices - How Skilled Nursing Facilities Could Cut Costs Without Cutting Care

Fierce Healthcare (7/11/18)- Betsy Rust

With expenses such as staff costs rising quicker than the rate of revenue, how can skilled nursing facilties cut costs while still providing excellent patient care? This Fierce Healthcare article explores cost-cutting options for SNFs in the modern healthcare environment.

Tracing New Pathways to Rural Practice

National Rural Health Association (6/18/18)- Suzanne B. Cashman, ScD, MS; Linda Cragin, MS; and Rebecca Kasper, MPH

In 2000, the University of Massachusetts Medical School initiated an optional enrichment program, Rural Health Scholars Pathway (RHSP), to offer students hands-on experience in rural and small towns. Check out how this program is changing the pathway to rural practice in this Rural Health Voices blog post from the National Rural Health Association.

Rural Hospitals: The Beating Heart of a Local Economy

National Rural Health Association (6/18/18)

A hospital is often the centerpiece of economic viability in rural America, providing jobs for a community’s residents and resources for its development. Deep dive into the impact hospitals have on our rural communities in this National Rural Health Association feature.

CMS Proposes Changes to 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program

HIMSS News (7/13/18)

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) which includes their proposed updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in the Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements Proposed Rule. Review the changes so your healthcare organization is prepared for 2019 in this HIMSS News post now.

FCC's Carr Previews $100M Pilot Program to Support Telemedicine

Fierce Healthcare (7/25/18)- Eli Richman

The Federal Communications Commission intends to create a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program supporting the use of telemedicine solutions for low-income and rural Americans, as well as veterans, in order to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and increase access to health care. Read details on the pilot program in this Fierce Healthcare article.

CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (7/12/18)

Looking for the official CMS announcment on their changes to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for 2019? Read the full proposal, release, fact sheets, statements, and more here.

CMS Physician Payment Proposal Nudges Open the Door for Telehealth

Fierce Healthcare (7/16/18)- Evan Sweeney

Telehealth advocates are rejoicing over CMS' new physician payment proposal that would reimburse physicians for certain virtual interactions. What specific changes are potentially coming for telehealth reimbursement? Get the details in this Fierce Healthcare story today.

Telebehavioral Health Finding its Niche

Healthcare Dive (7/21/18)- Meg Bryant

Health systems are embracing telehealth and digital apps to improve workflow and reduce costs around behavioral health. Learn how telebehavioral health is carving out its place and niche in the telehealth market in this Healthcare Dive feature today.

Chattanooga Catches the Telehealth Bug

GT GovernmentTechnology (7/18/18)- Craig Settles

Chattanooga, Tenn.'s investment in community broadband allows the city to bring more than just fast Internet browsing to citizens. Read how Chattanooga is expanding into the telehealth market in this GT story now.

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RHC Program News for July

Here are all the latest news, timely resources, and helpful reminders for the month of July. Included is important information about the recent FCC 2018 RHC Program Funding Cap Order and helpful tips for FY2018 now that the filing window has closed.

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