A Message from the Director
Dear Colleagues;

It's hard to believe we're already well into 2019! There is certainly plenty of telehealth activity occurring regionally and nationally, with many upcoming educational events on the horizon (see specific sections below), including our 2019 Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference - the Call for Presentations , as well as Sponsorship/Exhibitor opportunities are now open! There is also a great deal of telehealth program planning, implementation, and expansion going on around the region, and continued efforts to expand current policy, with 36 telehealth related bills under consideration by State legislatures across the Northeast, covering private payer and Medicaid reimbursement, broadband, substance use disorders, cross-state licensure, issues around regulatory, licensing and advisory boards, and more.

We also wanted to highlight a new Project ECHO opportunity for stakeholders within New England. Colleagues at Boston Medical Center are now offering the N ew England Office-Based Addiction Treatment Extension for Community Health Outcomes (NE OBAT ECHO) for health care providers, mental health counselors, and other support team members located in New England, who are providing care for patients with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in office-based settings. The first session will begin February 21, and another session will be offered in August, 2019. For more session details, or to start the registration process, please click here .

And finally we have a quick favor to ask of you - our colleagues with the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC), are currently collecting responses for their biennial Technology Survey . The data collected helps TTAC to not only inventory current telehealth technologies in use across the country, but also to identify key needs and interests, so they may better serve stakeholders moving forward. Responses are due by February 15 - many thanks in advance for sharing your input!

We wish you a healthy and productive year, and as always, please don't hesitate to reach out with questions, to share your successes, or just to catch up!

Best Wishes on Behalf of the NETRC Team,
Danielle Louder - Program Director

P.S. Please stayed tuned for an introduction to our new NETRC Project Manager soon!
Join us for the NETRC Annual Conference!
A Practical Tour of the Telehealth Landscape...
The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center is thrilled to return to Portland, ME for our 5th Annual Regional Telehealth Conference
June 17-18, 2019!

Our Call for Presentations is now open - submissions are due March 1, 2019.

Sponsorship/Exhibitor opportunities are now available as well!
Visit the 2019 NETRC Conference webpage, or click on the buttons below for more information.
See you there!
Upcoming & Archived Webinars
National TRC Webinar Series
February 21 - 2:00pm Eastern

Federal and State Policy Updates for CY2019 - Including CMS Changes and State Level Trends
CCHP and gpTRAC will discuss: CY 2019 Medicare Telehealth Policy Changes, Medicare Advantage Plans & Telehealth, Latest on Telehealth & Substance Use Disorder, Developments on the State Level, FQHCs & RHCs.

Click on the image above to register!
And in case you missed them...

December 6: The National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC) team presents the latest in Video Platforms

December 10: The New York Telehealth Learning Collaborative presents: Medicare Telehealth Changes for 2019

January 17: CTRC presents: Finding and Vetting the Perfect Specialty Service Provider

HRSA Health Workforce-Grand Rounds Webinar Series
Telehealth Training Models for the Health Workforce
February 20, 2019
2:00-3:30pm ET

This webinar will: Explore opportunities to optimize telehealth technology, Identify telehealth strategies and models in hard to reach populations including both rural and urban communities, and Highlight successful telehealth training models.

Upcoming Conferences/Events
Regional Telehealth Resource Center Conferences
Many of the Regional Telehealth Resource Centers host events throughout the year. Check out the National Consortium of TRCs website to find dates and locations!

Upcoming National Conferences

Orlando, FL

New Orleans, LA
TTAC Telehealth Technology Survey
The National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC) invites you to participate in their biennial technology survey.

Many thanks for your time and input!

Your response will help TTAC to determine:
  1. Telemedicine Technologies that are currently being used in telemedicine programs across the country
  2. Telemedicine Technologies that may be of interest for future implementation
  3. How TTAC can best provide relevant information and technology resources to telemedicine users

Recent Telehealth News
What's new for telehealth policy in 2019?
CCHP News, Jan. 1, 2019 Link
The Center for Connected Health Policy provides a summary of major telehealth reimbursement and policy changes that took place in 2018 and are being enacted starting January 2019.

A teledermatology initiative to increase access for Community Health Center patients: a case study NEJM Catalyst, January 3, 2019      Link
A collaborative of community health centers in eastern Massachusetts reports on successes and workflow challenges with implementing store-and-forward teledermatology services in partnership with 3Derm Systems.

CMS pushes telehealth, mHealth, but are providers paying attention?
mHealth Intelligence, January 09, 2019 Link
A new survey finds that two-thirds of healthcare providers don't know about new opportunities for telehealth and mHealth reimbursement from CMS - even though most would benefit.

Patients, clinicians satisfied with telehealth for follow-up care
Healthcare Analytics News, January 15, 2019 Link
A recent study by Massachusetts General Hospital found that over half of clinicians reported higher efficiency in a telemedicine visit compared to traditional office visits and both patients and clinicians reported no difference in the overall quality of the virtual visits versus traditional office visits.
Telehealth and the law: What hospital executives should know about kickback and false claims rules Healthcare Finance, January 18, 2019 Link
The federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law have some strict requirements for compliance, and providers would do well to take note.
Key questions before partnering with telehealth specialty providers
Healthcare Informatics, January 18, 2019 Link
For primary care clinics, especially those in rural areas, establishing solid relationships with organizations that provide specialty telehealth services can vastly improve the number of services they can offer their patients. But building and maintaining those relationships so that they make sense financially and in terms of quality and patient satisfaction takes a lot of work.
CMS pushes telehealth to replace some in-person visits in Medicare Advantage Plans mHealth Intelligence, January 18, 2019 Link
CMS is updating its Value-Based Insurance Design model of care to allow telehealth to replace certain in-person medical visits in Medicare Advantage plans.
Telemedicine licensure compact is now live in half the country
mHealth Intelligence, January 10, 2019 Link
25 states are now part of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which gives physicians an expedited means of applying for a license to practice telehealth in member states.
Recommended Telehealth Research/Resources
NYS Office of Mental Health proposed Part 596 regulations for Telemental Health Services. Open to public comment through March 10, 2019. Those wishing to submit comments, please direct to: Kelly Grace, Kelly.Grace@omh.ny.gov or (518) 474-1331.

State occupational and physical therapy telehealth laws and regulations: a 50-state survey.   Bierman RT, Kwong MW, Calouro C. Int. J. Telerehabil. 10(2):3-54, 2018

Telemental health laws: overview. Davis A, Kim D, Lerman AF. Epstein Becker & Green, December 2018

Comparison of a novel handheld telehealth device with stand-alone examination tools in a clinic setting. McDaniel NL, Novicoff W, Gunnell B, Cattell Gordon D. Telemed. e-Health [epub ahead of print], December 2018

Remote patient monitoring and telemedicine in neonatal and pediatric settings: scoping literature review. Sasangohar F, Davis E, Kash BA, Shah SR. J. Med. Internet Res. 20(12):e295, 2018

Patient and clinician experiences with telehealth for patient follow-up care .   Donelan K, Barreto EA, Sossong S, et al. Amer. J. Managed Care 25(1):40-44, 2019

Framework to advance oncology-related telehealth . Rising KL, Ward MM, Goldwater JC, Bhagianadh D, Hollander JE. JCO Clin. Cancer Inform. 2:1-11, 2018

Effectiveness of online vs in-person care for adults with psoriasis: a randomized clinical trial. Armstrong AW, Chambers CJ, Maverakis E, et al. JAMA Netw. Open 1(6):e183062, 2018
About the NETRC
The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (a proud member of the  National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers) aims to increase access to quality health care services for rural and medically underserved populations through Telehealth. Our service area includes New England, Northern New Jersey, and New York. Learn more at www.netrc.org
This newsletter was made possible by grant number G22RH30352 from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS
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