March 9 , 2018


Have you heard? The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center is hosting our fourth annual  Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference  on June 5-6 in Portland, ME! We are organizing an exciting agenda with nationally-recognized plenary speakers, a variety of breakout sessions highlighting regional programs, a networking reception, an exhibit hall, and more. If you have not submitted already, TODAY is the deadline for our Call for Presentations!

You have also likely heard that several exciting Medicare telehealth reimbursement changes were included in last month's "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018". These include expanding patient location eligibility for telestroke services and allowing monthly end stage renal disease home visits via telehealth beginning in 2019, as well as removing the geographic and facility requirements for certain ACOs beginning in 2020. The bill also allows Medicare Advantage plans to provide additional telehealth benefits beginning in 2020. Check out these articles for more details:
There are a number of proposed state legislative and regulatory changes across the region. This includes legislation in New York for the Governor's FY2019 Proposed Budget to expand NYS Medicaid's originating sites to "the patient's place of residence located within the state of New York or other temporary location located within or outside the state of New York," subject to regulation. New York is poised to become the second state in the region after Vermont to pass a law specific to live interactive audio/video telehealth coverage outside of a health care facility. Other legislative activity in the region includes two bills in Connecticut that would allow prescribing of controlled substances via telehealth "for the treatment of psychiatric disorders" or for "use in medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder." For more information on telehealth policy, the Center for Connected Health Policy recently released an updated Telehealth Policy Barriers Fact Sheet and a Telehealth Reimbursement Fact Sheet.

See below for Upcoming Webinars, Recent Telehealth News,  the April Northeast Telehealth Leadership Forum and a selection of recently published telehealth resources

As always, we're here to assist with any of your telehealth questions!

Sincerely,

Andrew Solomon on behalf of the NETRC Team
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Upcoming National Webinars Webinar
 
Telehealth Policy So Far in 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 2:00pm EDT

Hosted by the Center for Connected Health Policy
Presented by Christine Calouro, MA, Policy Associate

In the first quarter of 2018, there has been significant activity around telehealth policy. The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) will provide an update on federal and state telehealth policy actions, as well as highlight other issues we may see arise throughout 2018. Join CCHP's Christine Calouro as she discusses these developments and answers your questions.


Telehealth Connect:
A Tool For Understanding the Landscape of Telehealth

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 3:30pm EDT
and again on
Wednesday, March 28 at 2:30pm EDT

Telehealth Connect is a GIS mapping tool that collects demographic and health service information from providers and organizations currently utilizing telehealth/telemedicine. Initially piloted as "Find Telehealth Providers" in our Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers has now expanded access to all 50 states! 

This webinar will introduce the tools available in Telehealth Connect, pointing you in the right direction for general use of the app.


Before the webinar, explore the Telehealth Connect map or add your sites!

Recent Telehealth NewsNews

The National Law Review, March 5, 2018
Pending legislation would allow certain community mental health centers and addiction treatment centers to obtain DEA registration as a clinic...

CT Post, March 3, 2018
Telemedicine services in the northeast, including LiveHealth Online, are seeing a spike in use during this flu season...

Watertown Daily Times, February 26, 2018
New state Department of Health regulations will make it easier for patients to access telemedicine, and begin integrating physical and mental health services into a more "whole patient" focused model of care...

The Leader-Herald, February 16, 2018
Fulton County, NY is the first county in the United States to implement a  "countywide Telehealth initiative"  to provide a viable solution to the increased need for improved access to care...

Healthcare Informatics, February 13, 2018
NYP has had a 600 percent growth in telehealth in the past year...

Rome Sentinel, February 10, 2018
A $474,258 USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment to connect Utica, NY with 25 residential and day service sites in Oneida and Lewis counties...

Mainebiz, February 8, 2018
A $274,092 USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant will be used to expand MaineHealth's capabilities in rural areas...

mHealth Intelligence, February 8, 2018
Northwell Health is using Philips' eICU telemedicine platform to improve the organ donation process, parceling out administrative tasks and giving nurses more time at the bedside...

Copley Hospital Press Release, January 26, 2018
Copley Hospital is partnering with Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Connected Care to introduce Rheumatology appointments via telemedicine for residents of greater Lamoille County...

Join the Virtual Conversation! LeadershipForum

 

The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center formed the Northeast Telehealth Leadership Forum to foster collaborative problem solving and networking across the region. Monthly meetings have explored telehealth reimbursement, regional and national policy, direct-to-patient best practices, and more. If you haven't already,  register today to join us for these virtual meetings at  2:00pm ET on the FIRST Wednesday of every month.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 4
Featured Discussion: Telehealth Technology Trends
 

We are using a recurring meeting link that you receive after signing up for the Leadership Forum. If you registered previously and misplace your link, please email asolomon@mcdph.org


Recent Telehealth ResourcesResources
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  J. Amer. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry 56(10): 875-893, 2017

American Psychiatric Association, 2017
Anderson D, Villagra V, Coman EN, et al. Amer. J. Managed Care 24(1):e9-e16, 2018

Anderson D, Zlateva I, Davis B, et al. Pain Med. 18(10):1882-1889, 2017

du Toit M, Malau-Aduli B, Vangaveti V, Sabesan S, Ray RA. J. Telemed. Telecare [epub ahead of print] January 2017

Lacktman NM. National Law Review, February 19, 2018
 
LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies. LeadingAge CAST Report, 2017 

Noah B, Keller MS, Mosadeghi S, et al. NPJ Digital Medicine 1:2, 2017 

Restrepo K. John Locke Foundation, December 2017

Welch BM, Harvey J, O'Connell NS, McElligott JT.  BMC Health Serv. Res. 17(1):784, 2017

Characterizing New England emergency departments by telemedicine use
Zachrison KS, Hayden EM, Schwamm LH, et al. West. J. Emerg. Med. 18(6):1055-1060, 2017