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  • Telehealth Tackles Medicaid’s Challenges with eConsult Program

    mHealth Intelligence

    A first-of-its-kind telehealth program launched in Connecticut two years ago is reducing unnecessary spending, improving care coordination for the hard-to-reach Medicaid population and making primary care doctors more confident in their abilities, simply by using online messaging to determine if specialist referrals are necessary. The eConsult program developed by Community Health Center in 2015 is now being used in some nine states, from Maine to the Pacific Northwest, and has spawned a network of similar programs across the country. Its premise is simple: Give doctors an online resource to ask a few questions and perhaps get a little reassurance that they’re doing the right thing. 

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  • USDA Offers Distance Learning, Telemedicine Grant Opportunities

    AAFP

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a call for applications(www.rd.usda.gov) for parties interested in receiving rural telemedicine or distance learning grants. The competitive grants, to be awarded in fiscal year 2017, are made available through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program,(www.rd.usda.gov) which provides funds to improve telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas. The USDA posted an announcement about the available grants in the May 16 Federal Register.(www.gpo.gov). According to that announcement, eligible applicants -- specifically, incorporated organizations or partnerships; other legal entities, including private for-profit or nonprofit corporations; state and local governments; federally recognized Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and consortia comprising these eligible entities -- have until July 17 to submit applications for competitive grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.

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  • Telemedicine Bill Advances in Senate After Conversion to Study

    News and Record

    Legislative supporters of putting telemedicine on equal footing with other health-care services have agreed to take a one-step-back approach in hopes of gathering more evidence to back their cause. House Bill 283 cleared the Senate Health Care Committee unanimously on Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate committee on Rules and Operations. Demand for telemedicine has grown in recent years, with the service particularly aimed at individuals who live in rural areas and/or who have difficulty getting to a hospital. The bill, with Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth) as primary sponsor, was introduced March 8 with the requirement that insurers provide standard coverage and reimbursements for telemedicine and other digital services. The bill would have prohibited insurers from treating telemedicine differently solely because it is not provided as an in-person delivery of service or consultations.

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