Greetings Northwest Region:
Attending The Conference Allows You To Join:

  • Innovative sessions by telehealth leaders and subject-matter experts in the industry. Keynote addresses by:

  • Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA-Chief Medical Officer of Qualtrics

  • Kristi Henderson, DNP, CEO MedExpress and Optum Virtual Care

  • Tim Lovell, MBA, Operations Director at Intermountain Healthcare

  • Hear from federal reimbursement experts from CMS, The Center for Connected Health Policy, ATA and C-Tel. Take a look at the full agenda.
  • A Telehealth Technology Showcase put on by the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center highlighting the latest telehealth technologies.

  • The event is in person, in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an option to join virtually using a platform that allows attendance to all plenary, keynote, panel and concurrent sessions all while networking with like-minded telehealth gurus.

News You Can Use
Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021

The US House of Representatives passed the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021 (HR 4040) by a 416-12 vote, sending the bill on to the Senate.

The bill, introduced more than a year ago by U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), expands the definition of "originating site" to allow more locations to use telehealth, eliminates facility fees for new sites, expands the list of healthcare providers able to use telehealth, adds audio-only telehealth to the definition of "telecommunications system," and makes permanent the ability of federally-qualified health centers and rural health clinics to use telehealth under the Medicare program.

  • HR 4040 extends several telehealth flexibilities enacted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during the pandemic until the end of 2024.

  • Telehealth advocates are lobbying both Congress and the federal government to make those flexibilities permanent.

Read more here

Foley and Lardner, LLP, provide a summary of Medicare’s proposed telehealth services in the 2024 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule. The highlights from the CY 2023 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule released July 7 include:

  • Create three new permanent telehealth codes for prolonged E/M services.

  • Discontinue reimbursement of telephone (audio-only) E/M services.

  • Discontinue the use of virtual direct supervision.

  • Postpone the effective date of the telemental health six-month rule until 151 days after the PHE ends.

  • Extend coverage of the temporary telehealth codes until 151 days after the PHE ends; and add 54 codes to the Category 3 telehealth list.

Federal protections to ensure accessibility to people with disabilities and limited English-proficient persons requires that providers of telehealth services do so in a nondiscriminatory manner.

To read the document here.

Congratulations to NRTRC Program Manager Jaleen Johnson for being selected as a 2022 NTEN Fellow.

NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellowship supports professionals working at organizations that have deep connections to communities affected by digital divides that would benefit from digital literacy programs. Fellows are supported by NTEN as they design and implement a digital inclusion program.
Upcoming Events & Webinars
NCTRC Webinar — Telehealth for Older Adults, Principles, Guidelines and Lessons Learned: Learn about West Health Institute's efforts to create a national collaborative to promote telehealth that meets the needs of older adults and to develop a framework for enhance care for older adults delivered through telehealth. August 18, noon –1 p.m.  
HRSA Health Grants Session 8: The Office of Federal Assistance Management workshops help you manage your grant. In 2022, we’ll present the Healthy Grants Workshops as a web series, with presentations on our most requested topics. Aug. 24. 
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HRSA Telehealth Learning Series: Telehealth and Broadband Funding/Resources: The Health Resources and Services Administration will present a special webinar on telehealth and broadband funding and resources. Aug. 30, noon, mountain time

Navigating a New Normal, Annual Utah Medical Association Meeting: This two-day event, provides medical professionals opportunities to network, preview emerging issues, participate in making policy for medicine in Utah. This year's meeting is UMA's 128th Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. Sept. 9 -10. 

National Funding Foundation, Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop: This online workshop will provide a detailed introduction to the process, structure and skill of professional proposal writing. Sept. 12.   

HRSA’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series, Healthcare Workforce Stress and Resiliency: The Role of Technology: This webinar will feature discussions of how to use technologies to address provider stress and promote healthcare workforce resiliency. Sept. 13, 9 a.m. in Arizona. (10 a.m. MDT).

HRSA Region 10 Health Equity Conference: This three-day conference will celebrate Region 10's work toward health equity. There will be opportunities to share research, learn about the latest trends. Continuing eduction credits will be offered.
Sept. 14 –16, at the University of Washington, in Tacoma.

2022 NRTRC Annual Conference: Innovation in Telehealth: The NRTRC 2022 Annual Conference will highlight "Innovation in Telehealth." Presenters will concentrate on what's new in telehealth, and the conference will allow providers to network with key stakeholders across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Sept. 26 –28, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Do you provide health care or services via telehealth?  

Telehealth Resources

  • The Telehealth Resource Centers have gathered resources specific to Federally Qualified Health Centers. Examples include a Critical Access Hospital Telehealth Guide and a webinar on Telehealth Essentials for FQHCs.

  • Emergency Declarations: Utah and Washington are the only states in the Northwest Region still under emergency declarations because of the COVID pandemic.

  • Research: current research opportunities, research articles and survey results.
Grant Funding Opportunities

  • Refer to the funding page on the NRTRC website for updated grant opportunities.

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“This publication was made possible by grant number UiUTH42531-01 from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS”