May 2016

TeleQuality Communications

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TQ Announces New Headquarters Relocation to Accommodate Rapid Growth

We have moved into our new corporate office at 21202 Gathering Oaks in San Antonio’s Stone Oak-Wilderness Oak area to accommodate rapid company growth, expanding from approximately 3,750 square feet to 10,000 square feet at the new location. Read more


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Hospitals Urge Medicare to Value Telehealth & Remove Hurdles

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must include telehealth in value-based payment models and lift geographic restrictions on its use, a new American Hospital Association brief said, to remove hurdles to more robust telehealth adoption by providers. Read more


44 States Introduce 150 Bills to Advance Telehealth Amidst Growing Pains of Trending Digital Health Care Advancements

Two recent reports that analyzed state telehealth and Medicaid reimbursement policies found a wide range of connected health practices across the country and a "confusing environment for telehealth participants to navigate, particularly when a health system provides healthcare services in multiple states." Read more

Bills Advance Telehealth


Rural Connectivity

Rural Health Care Connectivity Crucial  

"Telehealth is the wave of the future, especially for rural America," Rep. Dave Loebsack (R-Iowa) says. Furthermore, Internet access is critical for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other health care operations in rural areas. Read more


Senators Urge Ag. Department to Improve Rural Broadband Access

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have written the Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to update broadband speed definitions for the Community Connect Grant Program to enhance broadband in rural America to speed delivery of in-home health monitoring, telemedicine, and other services. Read more

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Consultant Fees

Thune and Gardner Question Excessive Consulting Fees Draining Rural Health Care Telecommunications Funds

U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) sent a letter to the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC) CEO Chris Henderson questioning to what extent and amount of Rural Health Care (RHC) Program funding is going toward consultants and consulting fees. Read more


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Funding Deadlines

Telecommunications Program 


FY2015
June 2: Last day healthcare providers (HCPs) can submit FCC Form 465 to receive funding for FY2015 
June 30: Last day HCPs can submit FCC Form 466 for FY2015 & last day of FY2015 

FY2016
June 1: Last day HCPs can submit FCC Form 465 to request funding for filing period 
June 2: Last day HCPs can submit FCC Form 465 to request funding for full 12 months for FY2016 


Healthcare Connect Fund Program 


FY2015
June 2: Last day HCPs can submit FCC Form 461 to receive funding for FY2015 
June 30: Last day HCPs can submit FCC Form 462 for FY2015 & last day of FY2015 

FY2016
June 1: Last day HCPs can submit FCC Form 461 to request funding for filing period 
June 2: Last day HCPs can submit FCC Form 461 to request funding for full 12 months for FY2016 

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