July 2018 - In This Issue:
In the News
CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM
 --mHealth Intelligence

"CMS' proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program includes coverage of telehealth-based check-in services and support for remote patient monitoring programs."


FCC Votes to Increase Broadband Funding for Telehealth Expansion
-mHealth Intelligence

"Healthcare providers in rural parts of the country will soon have more flexibility to use telemedicine, thanks to an increase in funding for broadband expansion projects.
The Federal Communications Commission this week unanimously approved a long-debated increase in the Universal Service Fund's Rural Healthcare Program, adding $171 million to this calendar year's account."

Duke Endowment Gives MUSC More than $1 million to Grow Palliative Care Telehealth Program
-The Post and Courier

"The Duke Endowment recently awarded $1.3 million to the Medical University of South Carolina to establish a palliative care telehealth program. 

The new initiative will allow palliative care providers at MUSC to deliver comfort care and end-of-life care to patients at hospitals across the state, particularly in rural areas. "
Grant Helps Grow Telepsychiatry Services in SC
-Greenville News

"The state's telepsychiatry program will be expanded to help relieve the psychiatrist shortage with new grants totaling $1.8 million from The Duke Endowment.

Some $600,000 will be used to help add more advance practice registered nurses for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health's telepsychiatry program, DMH announced Thursday."

Annual Telehealth Summit
Annual Telehealth Summit 
Palmetto Care Connections invites you to join us at our 
7th Annual Telehealth Summit at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. More details coming soon!

Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities

PCC would love to have your organization participate as a sponsor and exhibitor of this event. We have several sponsor level opportunities available. 

New Additions to PCC
 
Stacey Catoe, RN
Clinical Coordinator
As the Telehealth Clinical Coordinator, Stacey Catoe will be serving as a point of contact for telemedicine activities in Rural Health Clinics, Behavioral Health Sites and Schools. She will be assisting with telehealth equipment training and how to better utilize telehealth services in the healthcare setting.

Bonnie Church
Credentialing Coordinator
Bonnie Church joined Palmetto Care Connections as the Credentialing Coordinator for Bi-Proxy Credentialing Telehealth Providers.  Bonnie comes to us with over ten years of provider credentialing experience in South Carolina and has taken a lead role in creating a shared credentialing database for HUB and Spoke hospitals that provide telemedicine to rural South Carolina residents.

Education Opportunities

Highlights of Telehealth Education in South Carolina
Presenter:

Jennifer Bailey, MEd
Director of Office for Telehealth Education
SC Area Health Education Consortium (SCAHEC)

When: 
August 15, 2018
11:00AM-12:00PM (EST)

 Centralized Credentialing Initiative
for Telehealth in SC
Presenter:

Bonnie Church
Telehealth Credentialing Coordinator
Palmetto Care Connections

When: 
August 22, 2018
11:00AM-12:00PM (EST)

Telehealth Certifications
Get Certified Today!
Palmetto Care Connections has partnered with Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to offer online telehealth certifications. Use the code 
PCC17 to receive a discount! 
 
Funding Opportunity
Funding Opportunity Title:
Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program
Funding Opportunity Number:
HRSA-18-122
Due Date for Applications:
August 13, 2018
Anticipated Total Annual Available
FY 2018 Funding:
Up to $8,900,000
Estimated Number and Type of Award(s):
Up to 20 cooperative agreements
Estimated Award Amount:
Up to $445,000 per year, per award, for the 5-year period of performance, dependent on the availability of appropriated funds

For more information, click here.
Upcoming Events
American Academy of Pediatrics (SC Chapter) Annual Meeting
July 26-29, 2018

Marriott Resort & Spa (Grande Dunes)
Myrtle Beach, SC


September 6, 2018

EDGE 2018
Re-Imaging Care: Delivering Care in a Borderless, Connected World
September 26-28, 2018 
 


Telehealth Awareness Week
October 15-19, 2018  
SCPHCA's 35th Annual Conference  &
Board Governance Retreat 

October 19-21, 2018

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa 
One Hotel Circle
 Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


A special thank you to our partners for working with us to improve the health of South Carolina through telemedicine. 


    
 
 

Any new announcements, updates, expansions, or changes? Email Davia Smith at davias@palmettocareconnections.org today.

Thank You!