December 2017

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Approved

FCC NPRMO to Modernize Rural Health Care Program Passes

The FCC has officially passed a formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order (NPRMO) to immediately increase the $400 million annual cap for Funding Year 2017, and to create a framework for raising the cap in future years. This Order means the FCC will begin the rulemaking process to review the RHC Program and modernize it to ensure that all rural health care providers have access to advanced telehealth services no matter their location.
Read details on the Order and Rulemaking here.

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Season's Greetings from TeleQuality!

From everyone at TeleQuality Communications, we wish our newsletter readers a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! We hope your holiday season was and continues to be filled with great food, family, friends and memories!

Season's Greetings!

On the Blog This Month - Funding Opportunities

On the Blog: 9+ Telecom, Broadband and Telehealth Funding Opportunities You Need on Your Radar in 2018

With 2018 quickly approaching, it’s important for all rural healthcare IT teams across the country to not only analyze their current broadband networks and needs but make sure they’re aware and prepared for upcoming deadlines for various funding programs to help fund any telecom service changes.

In our latest blog post, we break down requirements and deadlines for some of the top funding programs below so you and your IT team can make the best funding decisions for your organization in 2018.

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RHC Fund

Industry Voices - The FCC's Rural Health Care Fund is a Victim of its Own Success

Fierce Healthcare (11/27/17) - Steve Rosen

In this opinion piece by Fierce Healthcare, author Steve Rosen argues The Rural Health Care Fund is becoming a victim of its own success, stranding rural healthcare providers (and, subsequently, their patients) that have become reliant on the fund to help support their telemedicine needs. Read the full article now.

Does it Matter Which EHR Your Health System Uses? This Study Says Yes

Becker's Health IT & CIO Review (11/27/17) - Julie Spitzer

Although the goal of the federal EHR certification process is to create a level playing field for quality in support of the meaningful use program, some EHR vendors consistently outperform others, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Read details on the study in this article now.

EHR System Matters

Net Neutrality

Rural Providers Pledge Support for Pai’s Net Neutrality Proposal

Fierce Telecom (12/13/17) - Sean Buckley

A group of 63 smaller service providers, the majority of which serve rural areas, sent a letter (PDF) to Congress asking members to support FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to overturn the current net neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act. Read their argument for overturning the rules in this article from Fierce Telecom.

Total immersion: Rethinking the Future of Rural Health and Well-Being

National Rural Health Association (12/6/17) - Eric Meade & Emily Oehler

In the latest Rural Health Voices opinion piece from NRHA, the authors advocate for a different approach to solving the rural healthcare crisis: total immersion. Read what this term means and how rural health care can embrace it to discover unique and effective solutions.

Rural Health

FCC Announcement

FCC, in Draft Memo, Says FTC Will Keep Providers in Line After Net Neutrality is Overturned

Fierce Telecom (12/12/17) - Sean Buckley

The FCC has released a draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) on how it and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would enforce penalties on ISPs that harm consumers after overturning net neutrality regulations. Read what the MOU says and how it impacts the telecom industry in this Fierce Telecom article now.

Customer Announcements

Funding Deadlines

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