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January 2019

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RHC Program 101: Funding Year 2019

A new calendar year means a new funding year for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Rural Health Care (RHC) program! If you’re a rural healthcare provider looking for ways to save money on your telecommunications and connectivity services, this program may be able to help you.

Many of our healthcare customers participate in this program every year, and we’ve seen firsthand how beneficial these funds can be for organizations looking to reach their IT, connectivity, and broadband goals. Whether you’re new to the program or a seasoned applicant, here's some basic info about the RHC program as Funding Year 2019 (FY2019) rapidly approaches.

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Industry News

HHS Releases Best Practice Healthcare Cybersecurity Guidelines

Health IT Security (12/31/18) - Jessica Davis

HHS' goal is to outline practical security methods to cost effectively reduce cyber risk within health organizations, from local clinics to major health systems. Read their new best practice guidelines in this Health IT Security piece.

Illinois Expands Reimbursement for Diabetes Care Via Telehealth

mHealth Intelligence (1/2/19) - Eric Wicklund

Amid a flurry of telemedicine legislation taking effect with the new year is a law in Illinois that mandates telehealth coverage for diabetes care for seniors who face challenges in accessing healthcare. Check out what this law means for diabetes care in Illinois with this article from mHealth Intelligence.

Most Physicians Not Aware of CMS’s Expanded Virtual Care Provisions, Survey Finds

hea!thcare innovation (1/7/19) - Heather Landi

Two-thirds of physicians are not aware of recent changes by CMS to expand reimbursement for virtual care, but 63 percent said the increased telemedicine reimbursement would speed up implementation, adoption, and use of telemedicine. Discover the full findings of the survey in this hea!thcare innovation article.

Virtual Video Visits Give Patients More Flexibility Without Diminishing Care Quality: 7 Survey Findings

Becker’s Hospital Review (1/15/19) - Anuja Vaidya

Researchers from Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital surveyed 254 patients after their first virtual visit via the MGH TeleHealth Program, and they've just released seven key findings from the survey. Read how patients responded in this article from Becker's Hospital Review.

What's New for Telehealth Policy in 2019?

Center for Connected Health Policy (1/1/19)

Telehealth policy took some significant strides in 2018, and many of the federal and state polices passed in 2018 took effect starting January 1st. Catch up on the all latest updates with this Issue in Focus: What's New for Telehealth Policy in 2019? from The Center for Connected Health Policy.

3 Common High-Security Cyber Risks for Healthcare Facilities

Becker’s Health IT & CIO Report (12/28/18) -
Anuja Vaidya

What are the most common high-security risks healthcare organizations face with regard to cybersecurity? The answers may surprise you. Check out new analysis findings in this piece from Becker's Health IT & CIO Report.

Conference News

Come See Us at the Following Conference in February

Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) 2019 Annual Meeting

Phoenix, AZ
February 12-13, 2019

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Customer Announcements

Funding Deadlines

RHC Program News for January

Here's the latest version of The RHC Circuit, USAC's monthly newsletter to
keep health care providers (HCPs) and service providers up-to-date about
Rural Health Care (RHC) Program news, events, and best practices.

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