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December 2018

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TeleQuality Communications Approved to Provide Services to MiCTA Members via the ENA Service Agreement

Utilizing ENA’s Master Service Agreement, TeleQuality is now approved to provide managed Internet access, WAN, and Wi-Fi, Voice over IP, public, private, and hybrid cloud services and online back-up, video and web conferencing, and professional services to all MiCTA healthcare members across the United States.

Get the scoop and all the details in our press release now.

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Tis the Season of Giving: TQ Raises $14,000+ for Grahamtastic Connection

Although the weather outside may be frightful, the giving spirit of the holiday season is keeping us warm and delightful! Every holiday season, TeleQuality pays it forward by giving back to a deserving nonprofit. This year we're proud to share we raised over $14,000 for Grahamtastic Connection, an incredible nonprofit that provides the tools and support needed to connect seriously-ill children face-to-face with their classrooms and teachers, family and friends, and medical teams.

Discover the amazing work of Grahamtastic Connection and details on our fundraiser in our latest blog post.

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TeleQuality Communications CEO Tim Koxlien Appointed to SHLB Board of Directors

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition recently announced the addition of TeleQuality Communications CEO Tim Koxlien to its board of directors for 2019.

Read his full statement on the appointment in our press release today.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

From our TQ family to yours, we hope our newsletter readers had a very Merry Christmas
and happy holiday season this year! We extend
our best wishes to you all in the New Year!

Deck the Paws!

Industry News

Telemedicine Demand Spurs Rural Broadband Push in Texas

Politico (12/12/18) - Renuka Rayasam

Many say that federal agencies and Congress aren't doing nearly enough to help rural areas connect to high speed Internet for telemedicine. But the need for improved broadband services in rural areas — to spread telemedicine, viewed as the next frontier of medicine — has caused some to look to connect those same areas to the electrical grid.

Read what some policy makers are viewing as the answer to the rural broadband gap in this Politico article.

What Role Can Telehealth Play in
Senior Care?

US News & World Report (12/7/18) -
Elaine K. Howley

Technological advances may mean more older adults can receive the care they need when and where they are. But what role can telehealth actually play in delivering senior care?

Discover the answer to this question and more in this article from US News & World Report.

Study Charts Recent Spike in Telehealth Usage, Particularly Within Primary Care

Fierce Healthcare (11/27/18) - Matt Kuhrt

Recent policy changes have increased the use of telehealth tools, but the technology remains relatively uncommon. A new study sheds some light on a more efficient policy path for driving widespread adoption in certain medical specialties.

Get the details on the study in this piece from Fierce Healthcare.

Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment

mHealth Intelligence (12/14/18) - Erik Wicklund

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, approved by Congress this week after months of wrangling, includes provisions to fund telemedicine programs aimed at the opioid abuse epidemic and increase resources for broadband expansion.

Get the scoop on the Farm Bill's funding for telemedicine in this mHealth Intelligence article.

Five Innovation Trends that will Impact the Healthcare Industry in 2019

MedCity News (12/25/18) - Sarath Degala

The behavioral health epidemic, artificial intelligence, and more procedures being done in outpatient settings are some of the key 2019 trends that will determine how decision makers purchase technology.

Discover the top innovation trends that will impact healthcare in 2019 in this MedCity News feature.

New Tennessee Law Opens Up Telemedicine Across State Lines

Nashville Public Radio (12/24/18) - Blake Farmer

A small change in Tennessee law could open up much broader opportunities for telemedicine in the state. Starting Jan. 1, Tennessee doctors will have a simpler way to practice elsewhere, and out-of-state doctors will get the same treatment in Tennessee.

Learn about this new law in this story from Nashville Public Radio.

Conference News

Come See Us at the Following Conference in January

Virginia Association of Community Service Boards (VACSB) 2019 Legislative Conference

Richmond, VA
January 22-23, 2018



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Customer Announcements

Customers in the News

Mainline to Open its 7th Community-Based Clinic in SEARK
Mainline Health Systems

Salas Turns CHCSCT Into Regional Leader
Community Health Centers of South Central Texas (CHCSCT)

Mammoth Hospital Earns Award for Patient Experience
Mammoth Hospital

Funding Deadlines

RHC Program News for December

Here is the latest news for December 2018, including FY2019 filing window dates,
My Portal updates to HCF Program invoicing, and important reminders for FY2018.

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