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University of Mississippi Medical Center, HRSA Announce Partnership

Exciting news for patients and providers in the Magnolia State: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has officially designated the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) as a federal Telehealth Center of Excellence. “The UMMC Center for Telehealth is already a recognized national model for telehealth expansion,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in a […]

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Telehealth for Autism Treatment? Missouri Program Sees Successes

Approximately one in 45 children in the United States, according to the most recent available data, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. For those patients—and their families—living in rural communities or other underserved areas, it can be challenging to access many of the specialized services, including behavioral and speech therapists, that are necessary when […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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HRSA Awards $7.2 Million in Grants for Rural Telehealth

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced in August that it has awarded $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities. The money will benefit 60 rural communities in 32 states and seven Rural Health Research Centers. Around $7.2 million of the total will go to programs expanding telehealth services […]

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Clinton Picks Telemedicine Champion as Running Mate, Senator Tim Kaine

Telehealth advocates had good reason to cheer when Hillary Clinton named her running mate recently. Clinton’s choice for vice president, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, has long been a strong believer in telehealth and its ability to improve access to healthcare. In July, Kaine and his fellow Virginia Senator, Mark Warner, announced that the U.S. Department […]

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CMS Proposes New Telehealth Reimbursement Options

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the agency’s proposed rule for the CY2015 Physician Fee Schedule.   The 609 page document contained proposals specifically related to CMS’s reimbursement of telemedicine services through Medicare. CMS proposes adding the following services and related reimbursement codes: Psychotherapy services  CPT codes 90845, 90846, and 90847 Prolonged […]

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What Does “Telehealth” Mean? Federal Working Group Report: 7 Definitions

For the average American, “telehealth” and “telemedicine” may be unfamiliar words.  And should someone go to several different federal agency Web sites looking for the exact definition, he or she is likely to encounter more than one. As Fierce Health IT reported, a new study, “Federal Efforts to Define and Advance Telehealth—A Work in Progress,” […]

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CY2014 Proposed Telehealth Changes Announced by CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its telehealth program reimbursement changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2014. The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) is pleased to provide an analysis of the telemedicine reimbursement rule changes, as prepared by the eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group, Health Law […]

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How To Determine if Your Telehealth Originating Site is “Rural”?

See Updated Information Below The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) routinely receives questions from telehealth providers on how to accurately determine whether their telehealth originating site (patient location) meets the legal definition of “rural” under the statutes and regulations for telehealth reimbursement through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. […]

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HRSA Announces Telehealth Training Center Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for its AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) Telehealth Training Centers Program.  The program is the professional training arm of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program authorized under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.  The AETC program is a network of both regional […]

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