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November 2018

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Watch: TeleQuality Now Providing VoIP

We’re teaming up with ENA, a leading provider of technology solutions to community anchor institutions, to deliver the next generation of healthcare voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). To learn more about ENA SmartVoice and how it can benefit your healthcare organization, watch our video.

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VoIP for Healthcare: Top 6 Benefits of Adopting a VoIP Phone System

In the modern medical era of robot surgeries, drones, and telemedicine, it’s easy to overlook basic communication platforms like your phone system. But your phone system is still a critical method patients and providers rely on for communication. If your organization is using a legacy phone system, it’s time to discover the benefits of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).

Discover the top six benefits of adopting a VoIP phone system that legacy phones can't deliver in our latest blog post.

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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings from the
TeleQuality Team

From all of us at TeleQuality, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we extend best wishes for a festive and joyous holiday season!

Industry News

Healthcare Takes Around 350 Days to Identify, Contain Data Breach

Health IT Security (10/25/18)- Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry had the second highest number of days to identify and contain a data breach, around 350 days, according to a recent study by The Ponemon Institute and IBM.

Read details on the eye-opening study in this Health IT Security article today.

Telehealth Gains Momentum, but Connectivity Is Key

RCR Wireless News (11/1/18) - Kelly Hill

The use of wireless networks to support the delivery of healthcare services is gaining momentum and acceptance, but making sure the connectivity — and the policies to ensure that telehealth provides effective care and that doctors get paid — is a key consideration, according to experts. Discover what experts are saying in this RCR WIreless News feature.

Server Configuration Is Top Healthcare Software Vulnerability

Health IT Security (10/30/18) - Fred Donovan

Server configuration is the top healthcare software vulnerability, followed by information leakage and cryptographic issues, according to Veracode’s State of Software Security study.

Discover the report's findings and four key takeaways for security professionals in this Health IT Security article.

Teladoc Teams Up with Jefferson Health on Telehealth Fellowship

Fierce Healthcare (11/12/18) - Evan Sweeney

A northeast medical school has launched a telehealth academic fellowship that includes a specialized curriculum for physicians interested in a telehealth career.

Fierce Healthcare breaks down the new telehealth fellowship in this article.

CMS Modifies Proposed Changes to E/M Codes, Delays Implementation Until 2021

Fierce Healthcare (11/1/18) - Joanne Finnegan

Doctors spoke, and CMS listened—delaying any changes to codes for Medicare patient visits until 2021.

Get the scoop on CMS' latest announcement in this Fierce Healthcare breakdown.

New USDA Telemedicine Report - Rural Individuals' Telehealth Practices: An Overview

USDA (November 2018)

Telehealth advocates often tout the benefits of the technology for rural patients, but those patients may not be as receptive to it as their urban counterparts, a new study from the USDA suggests.

Read the full findings from the USDA's new report, Rural Individuals' Telehealth Practices: An Overview.

CMS Issues New Guidance Aimed at Addressing Care for Mental Illness

Medicaid & The Law (11/13/18) - Ross Marguilies

CMS recently issued a State Medicaid Director Letter providing states with guidance on both: (1) existing authority for states to provide support for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or children with a serious emotional disturbance (SED); and (2) a new demonstration opportunity to permit states to offer care for certain individuals with serious mental illness residing in Institutions for Mental Disease (IMDs).

Read details on CMS' plan to overturn the Medicaid ban on mental health facility pay in this Medicaid & The Law blog.

Customer Announcements

Funding Deadlines

RHC Program News for November

Here is the latest news for November 2018, including FY2018 HCF Program Invoicing Deadline information, dates for upcoming online trainings, and important reminders for FY2017 and FY2018.

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