April 2017

TeleQuality Communications

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Broadband-Fiber

Delivering Broadband to Rural America: Community Broadband Initiatives

With fiber experiencing its highest demand ever, community broadband initiatives are popping up all over the country in an effort to bring the highest-speed broadband to communities that need it most.
In this post, we’ll break down the different methods of delivery for Internet broadband, common hurdles faced when physically deploying fiber, the need for high-speed Internet in rural America and solutions for getting fiber out to rural America. Read more 

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Q1 New Hires - COO & CRM

Two new employees have joined the TeleQuality team in Q1 of this year! Get to know them in our New Hires blog post! Read more

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New Hires



TQ Expands into Fiber

Telequality Communications Expands into Fiber Market, Pushes for Fiber Deployment in Rural America

TeleQuality Communications has expanded into the fiber marketplace, with a focus on bringing access to rural healthcare providers and communities across the country. Read our announcement into our new market expansion now

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Chronic Care Management

CMS Unveils Educational Campaign for Rural Populations

The CMS Office of Minority Health and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched a new educational initiative last week, entitled Connected Care, to educate primarily rural populations as well as racial and ethnic minority patients and their providers about the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries. Telehealth has become a larger component of CCM in recent years. Eligible providers may be able to seek reimbursement for non-face-to-face telehealth services including remote patient monitoring services. Read more



Senate Broadband Caucus Makes Direct Appeal to FCC Chairman Pai

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Broadband Caucus, and U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) led a group of 56 senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue advancing broadband deployment in rural communities. In a letter to Chairman Pai, Commissioner O’Rielly, and Commissioner Clyburn, the senators expressed concerns about the high cost of these critical services in many rural communities and stressed that more Americans should have the opportunity to purchase affordable broadband to keep them connected. Read more

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US States

State-Level Telehealth Policies On The Rise

Since the American Telemedicine Association began reporting on state-by-state telehealth policies, the landscape has changed rapidly. “For the past four years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of bills introduced at the state level,” says Latoya Thomas, director of the ATA’s State Policy Resource Center.  So far, 31 states and the District of Columbia have enacted telehealth parity laws for private insurance.  In the last few months alone, nine more states have introduced telehealth parity legislation: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota and West Virginia. In another milestone, all 50 state Medicaid programs now have some type of coverage for telemedicine. Read more



Survey Finds Overwhelming Appetite for Telehealth Investment

Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives participating in the annual ATA Executive Leadership Survey, 88 percent of those who are likely to purchase telehealth tools are planning to do so during 2017. Just one percent of respondents said an investment in telehealth technology was not in their future at all. Roughly 84 percent of respondents believed that offering telehealth services allowed their organizations to increase their reach and coverage areas. Read more

Survey Results



Conference News

Come see us at the following conferences in April

23rd Annual AACHC Region IX Leadership Conference

Burlingame, CA
May 1-2, 2017

VACSB Development & Training Conference

Portsmouth, VA 
May 3-5, 2017

WVHCA 2017 Trade Show

Morgantown, WV
May 5-10, 2017

NRHA 40th Annual Rural Health Conference

San Diego, CA
May 9-12, 2017

Bi-State Primary Care Association Annual Conference

Fairlee, VT
May 9, 2017

NETRC Regional Telehealth Conference

Amherst, MA
May 23-24, 2017

SHLB 7th Annual Conference

Crystal City, VA
May 31-June 2, 2017


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