November 2019
THE CONNECT
Co-Chairs of SCTA Discuss Telehealth
This Week in South Carolina
Aired: 10/25/19

Jimmy McElligott, MD, MSCR, and Kathy Schwarting, MHA, co-chairs of the
South Carolina Telehealth Alliance , discuss telehealth on This Week in South Carolina at South Carolina ETV.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month
PCC Partners with SCDHEC
Palmetto Care Connections is partnering with SC Department of Health and Environmental Control to coordinate existing telehealth/telemedicine activities and expand successful models such as remote patient monitoring.


Diabetes Impact in South Carolina
According to DHEC, in 2017, approximately 31,000 hospitalization and emergency department visits occurred in South Carolina for diabetes, with charges of more than $567 million.
How Can Telehealth Play a Role in Diabetes Management?
Check out Dr. Elizabeth Kirkland's, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at MUSC Health, interview on Telehealth Monitoring of Diabetes featured on Health Focus, South Carolina Public Radio. Also, watch the latest Webinar Wednesday recording of Dr. Kirkland presenting An Innovative Approach to Chronic Disease Management.
Medicare Remote Patient Monitoring:
CMS Finalizes New Code and General Supervision
-National Law Review

CMS just released the  2020 final rule  with changes to remote patient monitoring (RPM), officially titled “Chronic Care Remote Physiologic Monitoring,” reimbursed under the Medicare program, as part of the Physician Fee Schedule changes. The changes,  proposed earlier this year , have been hotly-anticipated by digital health companies hoping to see more clarity and flexibility for RPM services .
Educational Opportunities
Telehealth Regional Symposium
PCC, CareSouth Carolina, Pee Dee AHEC, and the SC Telehealth Alliance partnered together to host a Telehealth Regional Symposium on Wednesday, October 23, at the Florence Center. Click the button below to access the presentations.
Call for Presentations
The 8th Annual Telehealth Summit of SC will be in Columbia, SC, on March 31-April 2, 2020.

Would you like to present a poster or breakout session at the Summit? Click here for more info. Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019


Free Telehealth Modules
Telehealth Survey
PCC and SCTA are working together to assess, explore, and share the available telehealth resources in South Carolina. Every day, doctors, patients, and researchers are using telehealth to provide care throughout the state. Looking to meet the needs of the patients where they are, more doctors are realizing the need to look at healthcare in a 21st century way. Telehealth is where technology and healthcare intersect. The goal is to improve a patient’s health by delivering real-time care, by medically trained physicians, from a distance.
 
To assist, we are asking South Carolina residents to respond to  5-minute survey about telehealth services in South Carolina. 
 
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Telehealth Video Spotlight
Video Credit: SCETV