May 2017

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On the Blog This Month: State of Telemedicine in 2017

At TeleQuality, we talk a lot about telemedicine. We know telemedicine can change healthcare systems and save lives when executed properly. But with so many factors surrounding and clouding the telemedicine market, what does the state of telemedicine look like in 2017? Let's break down some trends and hurdles we are seeing to telehealth implementation in this month's blog post.
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Press Release: Tim EY 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

TeleQuality Communications, Inc. (TQCI) announced its Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Koxlien is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in Central Texas. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
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Capitol Hill

Telehealth-Friendly Bill Re-Introduced

A long-anticipated bill to expand telemedicine and telehealth services in Medicare has made it to Capitol Hill. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017 was reintroduced this week by the same six senators who had initially introduced the legislation in early 2016. The bill aims to remove roadblocks to telemedicine expansion in Medicare by giving providers the freedom to experiment with telehealth in alternative payment models. Read more



Harvard Medical School: Rural Telemedicine Use Has Skyrocketed

From 2004 to 2014, rural telemedicine visits by mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries rose by 45 percent each year, according to research from Harvard Medical School and RAND Corporation. “Our results highlight the growing importance of telemedicine in the treatment of mental health disorders in rural settings where access to mental health care is often problematic,” said study lead investigator Ateev Mehrotra, associate professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Read more

Telemedicine Rise



Heart Disease

Healthcare Relief for Rural Areas and Heart Disease Patients Targeted

A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to telehealth services for people with heart disease and those in rural parts of the country. The Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, filed on May 3 by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), aims to improve access to telehealth in rural parts of the country and expand remote patient monitoring programs for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure. Read more



State-Level Telehealth Developments Continue Apace

Licensing boards continue to push interstate compacts, making it easier for providers to be OKed to see patients in multiple states through the technology. A proposed rulemaking in Iowa would require an in-person assessment for licensed physical therapists. Florida is studying the effect of requiring private health plans to reimburse for telemedicine. Arkansas is working on regulations that would make patients’ home a safe site to be treated via telemedicine. Meanwhile, Georgia has become the 19th state to join the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact. Read more

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Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in June 

CARHC 10th Annual Meeting

Folsom, CA
June 26-28, 2017


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Customer Announcements

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Canyonlands Healthcare - Page, AZ 

Plumas District Hospital - Quincy, CA 


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