October 4, 2018

A busy fall is upon us with many exciting regional and national conferences! The NETRC team will be taking part in several events, including the Value-Based Care Summit, the North Country (NY) Telemedicine Conference, and the New England Rural Health Conference. We will also be attending the HRSA co-sponsored  Safe Stations Academy Opioids Summit in New Hampshire to share resources on telehealth for substance abuse treatment. See below for a complete listing of upcoming telehealth events.

In addition to our day-to-day work providing technical assistance to support telehealth program development across the region, we have been working on a number of in-depth projects. This includes collaborating with the California Telehealth Resource Center to develop a new Telehealth Coordinator Online Training. The training is available at no cost through generous funding from the California Health Care Foundation and provides an introduction to telehealth technology, policy, and more. Module One is available now and several more will be published in the coming months. We also launched a 6-part webinar series on Telehealth in Maine in collaboration with the Maine Telehealth Forum and with support from the Maine Rural Health and Primary Care Program. Click here to find recordings of the first three sessions and register to join us on October 10 to learn about the MaineHealth Telehealth Program.

In this newsletter, you will find:
As always, please let us know if there is anything the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center can do to assist with your telehealth initiatives.


The NETRC Team
National and Regional Conferences Conferences

October 12
Stony Brook, New York
Value-Based Care Summit
October 17-19
Boston, MA
Connected Health Conference
October 17-19
Boston, MA
SEARCH Telehealth Research Symposium
October 24-25
La Jolla, CA
National Telehealth Summit
October 25-26
Orlando, FL
Virtual Healthcare in the Mainstream
October 26-27
New York, NY
New England Rural Health Conference
November 7-8
Newry, Maine
North Country Telemedicine Conference
November 7-8
Glens Falls, NY
CTeL Fall Summit
December 4-5
Washington, D.C.
Telehealth Technology Summit
December 12-13
New Orleans, LA
February 11-15, 2019
Orlando, FL
Convergence Telehealth Summit
March 31- April 2, 2019
Williamsburg, VA
NNE Project ECHO Network ECHO

This week, the Northern New England (NNE) Project ECHO Network launches  Project E CHO: Older Adult Care, which seeks to enhance the capacity of primary care providers, and care coordinators to treat and manage the care of older adults. The curriculum will focus on common and complex issues in the geriatric patient population, including the diagnosis and management of cognitive impairment, agitated and psychotic behaviors, depression, sleep disorders, frailty, functional decline, falls, and polypharmacy.  The importance of working with and supporting caregivers will also be addressed, as will complex care issues involving multiple disorders and social factors affecting wellbeing and function.  The NNE Project ECHO Network is an official Project ECHO Hub (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) and utilizes the evidence-based method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico.

The Project ECHO: Older Adult Care program is open to primary care sites throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont at no cost. The program begins with an Orientation followed by 8 monthly case-based sessions. Meetings will be held virtually using an online platform on the 4th Thursday of each month from 11:30 to 1:00 PM, beginning October 25th. The 90-minute virtual learning session will include a patient case presentation and a brief lecture with Q&A. Participants can receive 1.5 CME credits for each virtual learning session attended. Applications will be accepted through October 19th. To complete the program application click here , or to learn more about Project ECHO NNE Network efforts, please contact: ltancrede@mainequalitycounts.org

Funded through HRSA's Rural Health Network Development Program, the NNE Project ECHO Network is a collaboration of Maine Quality Counts, New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center, and the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Area Health Education Centers.  The NETRC team is proud to support this initiative with our Program Director, Danielle Louder, serving on the Leadership Board, and NETRC Principle Investigator, Dr. Terry Rabinowitz, MD, DDS, serving as faculty for the upcoming Older Adult Care ECHO program.

National TRC Webinar Series Webinar
Project ECHO: Tele-mentoring Program for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2:00pm EDT

Hosted by the Upper Mid-west Telehealth Resource Center
Presented by Kristen Kelley, ECHO Project Coordinator, Indiana University School of Medicine

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a guided-practice model that aims to increase workforce capacity by sharing knowledge. In this model, a panel of experts at the "hub" site meet regularly with prescribers, behavioral healthcare specialists and peer recovery coaches in local communities, via videoconferencing, to train them in the delivery of care to those with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Through telementoring, ECHO creates access to high-quality specialty care in local communities. Through hub and spoke knowledge-sharing, networks create a learning loop. TeleECHO clinics can empower healthcare providers to become leaders in the community and healthcare systems on treating for OUD. 

This session will highlight how these participants can get involved in the Opioid Use Disorder TeleECHO clinics. Providers will be able to gain a better understanding of the best practices associated with OUD treatment, including the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment. Each session will contain a didactic on a specific topic but the majority of the clinic will be learning through case presentations by the participants. Through Project ECHO, participants will acquire new skills and competencies. They become part of a community of practice and learning, increasing their professional satisfaction while the feelings of professional isolation decrease.

Regional Telehealth Job Opportunities Jobs

New York City Health + Hospitals
New York, NY
Northwell Health
New York, NY
CVS Health
Woonsocket, RI
Atlantic Health
Morristown, NJ
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Rocky Hill, CT
Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Oak Bluffs, MA
St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children
New Hyde Park, NY
Telehealth Information Technology Analyst II
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Manhattan, NY
Recent Telehealth NewsNews

Congress Continues Fighting Opioid Epidemic Through Legislation
Center for Connected Health Policy, October 2, 2018
A bill introduced mid-September would, if passed, remove Medicare originating site location requirements for mental health telehealth services...

Is Convenience a Problem for Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Programs?
mHealth Intelligence, October 2, 2018
New research suggests that providers and consumers using direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms may be bypassing best practices for prescriptions...

Employee Benefit Advisory, October 2, 2018
Eighty-five percent of of employers with 20,000 or more employees offer telemedicine, according to a survey by Mercer, but many employees don't take advantage of the service...

HHS is pushing providers-particularly those in rural areas-to take advantage of telemedicine to increase access to medication-assisted addiction treatment (MAT)...

New partnership means faster prescriptions for Bennington hospital patients
WCAX, September 6, 2018
A new partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Connected Care Center allows for overnight telepharmacy coverage...

mHealth Intelligence, August 29, 2018
Boston-based Partners HealthCare has developed a direct-to-consumer telehealth service...

Recommended Telehealth Research & ResourcesResources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 2018

U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, Diversion Control Division, 2018

Advancing the adoption of telehealth in child care centers and schools to promote children's health and well-being
Nemours Foundation, The Children's Partnership, and the Winter Park Health Foundation, August 2018

Tzanetakos G, Ullrich F, Meuller K.  Amer. J. Med. Res. 5(2): 7-23, 2018

Council of Accountable Physician Practices, Summer 2018 

Telehealth and Health Centers
National Association of Community Health Centers, April 2018
Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School, March 2018

Telehealth and legal implications for nurse practitioners
Balestra M.  J. Nurse Practitioners 14(1): 33-39, 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 2018