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March 2019

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4 Ways TQ Optimizes Your WAN

With healthcare and technology becoming increasingly integrated every day, your wide area network (WAN) is a vital component in delivering advanced 21st century healthcare.

Discover how TeleQuality’s comprehensive WAN solution, TQ HealthNet, can optimize your infrastructure to enhance your patient experience and deliver better outcomes. Click here to download our newest white paper.

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National Public Health Week

At TQ, we’re proud to serve the networking and technology needs of health departments every day! Join us next week as we celebrate public health departments and the contributions of our hardworking public health professionals during National Public Health Week (NPHW) from April 1-7. Read our newest blog post to discover ways you can get involved! #NPHW2019

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Industry News

Skilled Nursing Facility Telemedicine Standards & Guidebook

West Health

West Health recently released a telehealth implementation guide for post-acute and long-term care settings covering a range of topics including implementation, needs assessment, policy, and financial models.

Visit the West Health Website to download a free copy of the guide, Practical Guide to Telehealth: Implementing Telehealth in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings.

Healthcare Organizations are Battling Phishing

Reuters Health (3/8/19) - Linda Carroll

Many healthcare organizations remain vulnerable to phishing attacks, a new study finds. Discover how vulnerable healthcare organizations are and how you can safeguard your employees against phishing attacks in this Reuters Health article.

RAND Corporation Releases Report on Telehealth Implementation

Rand Healthcare (2019) - Lori Uscher-Pines,
Kathryn E. Bouskill, Jessica Sousa, Mimi Shen,
Shira H. Fischer

This month, the RAND Corporation published a report on the Experiences of Medicaid Programs and Health Centers in Implementing Telehealth. Researchers conducted semi-structured interviews with officials from seven state Medicaid programs and both providers and leadership from 19 urban and rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) on the utilization of telehealth and its barriers. Discover their findings in the newly released report today.

Nearly 300 Breaches Last Year Exposed 11.5M Patient Records, Bitglass Says

Healthcare Dive (2/27/19) - Meg Bryant

Despite some progress, EHR vulnerabilities and underfunding for cybersecurity continue to put many health systems and other organizations at risk, oftentimes from their own employees. Discover the top causes of healthcare breaches and how you can prevent them in this Healthcare Dive feature.

Considering a Cloud-First Strategy?
Start by Knowing That it Doesn't Mean Cloud-Only

Healthcare IT News (2/26/19) - Tom Sullivan

With cloud computing gaining traction in healthcare, executives who have already started down the path to cloud-first offer advice for others. Read their advice for cloud adoption in healthcare in this Healthcare IT News story.

Specialist Telemedicine Platform Saves Vista Community Clinic $1.8 Million

Healthcare IT News (3/4/19) - Bill Siwicki

At one federally qualified health center and patient-centered medical home, telehealth technology has changed the way primary care physicians deliver care. Read how they used telemedicine to replace 1,800 specialist vists with e-consults saving over $2 million in referral costs in this Healthcare IT News article.

Low Adoption of Telemedicine May Spur Patient Migration Away From Traditional Providers

Modern Healthcare (3/23/19) - Steven Ross Johnson

Although only a fraction of hospitals and health systems have adopted telemedicine, the demand
for convenient-care options that include telehealth operators, free-standing emergency departments, urgent-care centers and retail health clinics is quickly on the rise. Read Modern Healthcare's case for why traditional models of care should consider embracing the new digital model.

Conference News

Come See Us at the Following Conferences in April

Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) 2019 Convergence Telehealth Summit

Williamsburg, VA
March 31-April 2, 2019


Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH)
2019 Annual Conference

Dallas, TX
April 10-12, 2019


Alabama Rural Health Association (ARHA)
2019 Annual Conference

Prattville, AL
April 25-26, 2019


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Customer Announcements

Customers in the News

Plumas District Hospital Named a Rural Center of Excellence
Plumas District Hospital

Community Health Centers Receive HHS Funding
Community Care of West Virginia

NMHS, UNA Team Up With Online Ed Partnership
North Mississippi Health Services

CCMH CEO Jeff Tindle Named a Finalist for National Leadership Award
Carroll County Memorial Hospital

Funding Deadlines

FY2019 Funding Cap is $593.7M

On Friday, March 8, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the FY2019 funding cap for the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program is $593,782,000. This new cap represents a 2.2% inflation-adjusted increase in the $581,000,000 cap from FY2018. Read full details on the announcement here.

RHC Program News for March 2019

The RHC Circuit is USAC's 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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