September 2017

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Mobile Health

This Month on the Blog: Digital Health at Your Fingertips - The Power of mHealth

Mobile health, or mHealth, is the newest craze in healthcare, bringing 21st century healthcare to your fingertips on your smartphone, tablet or computer. From using Apple watches and Fitbits to track your personal fitness journey, to using Amazon Alexa and Google Echo to deliver telehealth care to senior communities, the mHealth market is booming and there’s no end in sight. Why has mHealth rapidly grown and how does it play in the future of digital healthcare delivery? Let's explore this trending topic in our monthly blog post.

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Lack of High-Speed Broadband Access Continues to Impede Telemedicine Deployment in Rural America

TeleQuality CEO Tim Koxlien recently spoke at the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth Capitol Connection briefing in Washington, D.C. about the need for broadband in rural America and the lack of funding available for rural healthcare providers looking into telemedicine expansion. Read his comments in our latest press release here.

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CEO - Tim Koxlien

Opioid Crisis

TeleQuality Customers Awarded HRSA Grants to Tackle Mental Health and Opioid Overdose Crisis

The current opioid crisis affecting Americans across the country is reaching a staggering level and has grown into a true public health crisis over the past few years. Health centers across the nation have been calling for the federal government to take action and in a direct response to this devastating crisis, HRSA announced last week is it awarding $200 million to health centers across the nation to tackle mental health and fight the opioid overdose crisis. TeleQuality is excited to announce and recognize our customers who are receiving these funds. Click here to find out who the TQ recipients are!

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Reimbursement Restrictions

Medicare Spending on Telehealth Increases, But Barriers Remain

CMS spent more money in 2016 on telehealth, with increases reported in reimbursements, claims submitted and originating sites. But reimbursement restrictions are hampering widespread adoption. Read about the restrictions in this article now.

Rural America Is Building Its Own Internet Because No One Else Will

Big Telecom has little interest in expanding to small towns and farmlands, so rural America is building its own solutions. Read about the ongoing digital divide and how rural America is taking matters into their own hands in this Motherboard article.

Rural Broadband

Hurricane Harvey

In Texas, Hurricane Harvey Response Efforts Provide a 'Defining Moment' for Telehealth

As Texas recovers from the unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston residents affected by the storm will have access to medical providers throughout the country in ways that haven’t been fully utilized during previous large-scale disasters. Read about how telehealth made an impact on Harvey's disaster response efforts in this Fierce Healthcare article now.

Hospitals to Benefit from Reduced Federal EHR Use Regulation

AHA requested reduced requirements and regulatory burden for hospital EHR end-users in two recent comment letters. Read their full requests in this article now.

EHR Regulations

House Subcommittee Bill

Legislation Aimed at Easing Meaningful Use Regulations Advances in the House

A bill that would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ease Meaningful Use standards in the years to come made its way out of a House subcommittee on Wednesday. Read the full details in this Fierce Healthcare article today.

Black's Bill to Improve Medicare Through Better Access to Telehealth Passes Committee

The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved bipartisan legislation to strengthen Medicare, including a bill led by U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) to expand access to telehealth services for Medicare enrollees. Read the details in this article from The Ripon Advance.

Approved Legislation

Legislation Fact Sheet

Center for Connected Health Policy FACT SHEET: Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2017

In this month's legislation feature, we highlight H.R. 3360, Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2017. Read this fact sheet from the Center for Connected Health Policy that breaks down what this bill could mean for your organization if passed into law.

Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in October 

Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase

Phoenix, AZ 
October 2-3, 2017

APHCA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Orange Beach, AL 
October 3-6, 2017

TNPCA Annual Leadership Conference

Murfreesboro, TN 
October 4-6, 2017

VACSB 2017 Public Policy Conference

Williamsburg, VA 
October 4-6, 2017

24th Annual WV Rural Health Conference

Davis, WV
October 11-13, 2017

MOPCA 2017 Annual Clinical & Quality Conference

Branson, MO 
October 12-13, 2017

CPCA Annual Conference

Anaheim, CA 
October 12-13, 2017

The 2017 INCOMPAS Fall Show

San Francisco, CA 
October 15-18, 2017

IPHCA Annual Leadership Conference

Lake Geneva, WI
October 18-19, 2017

OACHC Fall Operations Conference

Lewis Center, OH
October 19-20, 2017

The Ohio Council Annual Conference

Columbus, OH
October 19-20, 2017

GACSB 20th Annual Educational Exchange

Brasleton, GA
October 22-24, 2017

TACHC 33rd Annual Conference

San Antonio, TX 
October 30-31, 2017

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Customer Announcements

Customers in the News

Williams Hospital District Breaks Ground on New Health Clinic
North Country Health Care 

Grants Boost Services for East Texas Veterans
Community HealthCore

Privacy in Wired Hospitals in Mississippi
North Mississippi Health Services 

HRSA Recognizes VWHS as Quality Leader
Valley-Wide Health System

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