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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE

Explore Telemedicine - the future is now for moving telemedicine into mainstream treatment WhaTech In the US, telemedicine has been promoted as a way to serve rural populations, but in the next few years it is expected to spread to a much wider patient base.

EHR Interoperability Solution Offered by Key IT Panels Modern Healthcare Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.

Digital doc: CHI Franciscan Health patients save $600K with Virtual Urgent Care Puget Sounds Business Journal Virtual Urgent Care, a service the medical system provides through telemedicine company Carena, means patients can talk to doctors and nurses remotely for the sake of convenience, so they don't have to wait in an emergency room for hours.

BUSINESS NEWS

Telehealth Market Poised to Hit $43.4B by 2019 HealthcareDive A new BCC Research report finds that the telemedicine market will hit $43.4 billion by 2019. The overall telemedicine market is growing at a 17.7% compound rate, largely fueled by telehome visits increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%.

Blackberry Passport Launched The New Indian Express UST Global unveiled an advanced telemedicine application in collaboration with BlackBerry India for cardiovascular surgery and telemedicine centre, Nanavati Super-Specialty Hospital. 

AMD Global Telemedicine Announces AGNES-Ready Certification Program and Integration with MiiS horusScope Virtual-Strategy.com The MiiS horusScope, a medical scope with interchangeable lenses used for telemedicine applications, is the latest product certified for use with AGNES telemedicine software.

U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS

New Mexico Expands its Teleneurology Network mHealth News Thirty rural hospitals across New Mexico will soon have instant access to neurological and neurosurgery consults, thanks to a $15 million telehealth grant being supplied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

UC Merced Connect: Video Technology Gives Students More Access to Psychiatric Services Merced Sun-Star The 10th and newest UC campus is the first within the system to provide telemedicine psychiatry. Students who are referred to a psychiatrist are linked to an off-campus doctor through a secure video-conferencing system at the H. Rajender Reddy Health Center. Referrals are made through the health center.

TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD

India: Telemedicine Catches Up Deccan Chronicle Telemedicine, a technology that makes the doctor in a city diagnose a patient in other city, with the help of videoconference and tools that are able to analyse the patient’s condition is becoming popular in Indian cities.

Telemedicine Has an Easier Pathway Outside the U.S. Roll Call The U.S. lags behind in acceptance due to varying state and federal restrictions, but European regulations are simpler and telemedicine increased in Israel after health authorities relaxed guidelines. 

Dubai Health Authority Introduces Telemedicine for Diabetic Eye-checkups Zawya HE. Eng. Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: "Diabetics who visit the DHA facilities will no longer have to go to an ophthalmologist for their annual eye check-ups. Every diabetic clinic in DHA primary healthcare centres are fitted with digital retinal cameras.

U.S. TELEMEDICINE LEGISLATION

(Arizona) SB1050. Telemedicine; Naturopaths: Introduced January 14, 2014, amending previous Telemedicine legislation section 36-3601.
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(Hawaii) SB2469. Telehealth; Insurance; Health Care Providers; Reimbursement: Introduced January 21, 2014, Requires reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine to be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient. 
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(Maryland) SB198. Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine: This bill would amend the state’s law regarding Medicaid coverage of telemedicine.  It would remove restrictions, such as requiring the use of telemedicine only in the case of providing for the treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke; in emergency department settings and when an appropriate specialist is not available.  If passed, this bill would take effect October 1, 2014.
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(Washington) HB1448. Regarding Telemedicine. Re-introduced January 13, 2014, this bill will be amending RCW 70.41.020 and 2 70.41.230; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; adding a new 3 section to chapter 48.43 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an 4 effective date.
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S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act: Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] in January 2014, the goal of this bill is to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 6719 TeleHealth Promotion Act: Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-Calif.) in late 2012, the goal of this bill was to prevent readmission and help with interstate licensing. It was introduced Dec. 30, 2012, but not enacted.
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H.R. 3577 (Introduced Nov. 21, 2013): To establish the Commission on Health Care Savings through Innovative Wireless Technologies Read Bill Text

H.R. 3077: TELE-MED Act of 2013 (Introduced Sept. 10, 2013): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain Medicare providers licensed in a State to provide telemedicine services to certain Medicare beneficiaries in a different State.
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H.R. 3306 Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013: Introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It was introduced on Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting and expanding the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.
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TELEMEDICINE.COM NEWS

October 2014

Gaining Ground in the Grants Game

As Telemedicine gains popularity with lawmakers, funds are becoming more widely available to aid hospitals and clinics with exploring the arena.  A little research will yield an impressive list of grants that cover some aspect of this remote care field, but understanding whether or not your healthcare agency and/or project qualifies can be a frustrating process.  We have compiled some of the best tips for making the most out of your grant search.

Tip #1: Know What the Grant Funding Covers
There are several types of grants, including research-based, typically designated with an “R##”, as well as, innovation and training grants.  If your project needs equipment, don’t bother with grants that aren’t going to cover it.  Many will have a clear list of what is covered up front, but often a simple scan of the grant opportunity will save you the heartache of starting the application process prematurely. There is always funding available, don’t waste your time applying for grants that you won’t be successful!

Tip #2: Don’t Limit Yourself
The facility for which you are trying to procure funding may not seem to qualify for certain grants, but consider the resources you may have in your community that do.  Can your project be linked with the local firehouse or public school?  Public and government institutions often have access to a wider variety of grant options, as do non-profits. Is your for-profit organization able to create a non-profit sub-segment? Consider aligning your organization with one that has a good footing in the field through partnership

Tip #3: Use Your Resources
There is a plethora of knowledge available to you on the topic of writing grants and can be found with a simple web search.  However, wading through it can be difficult.  We are here to help, as is your local Telehealth Resource Center representatives, defined by state.  There are often live free webinars that cover topics regarding grant navigation, some of which are archived, and can be accessed at any time.

Tip #4: Be Prepared!
There are several grants that reoccur annually, but many only give 30 to 60 days after the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is released to submit your application.  Keep track of their typical due dates and have all paperwork ready for last minute announcements. Be sure to have a current Grants.gov registration, in some cases a SAM.gov registration is required as well. It can take up to 2 weeks to process these registrations, so keep them current!  

Tip #5: Hire a Grant Writer or Grants Consultant
Determining your project’s eligibility is usually straightforward if you read all of the NOFA and supplementary documents released by the funding agency. However, the ability to determine competitiveness only comes with experience. There can be thousands of applicants for a single application, so knowing where you stack up against the other applications. Consulting with a grant professional prior to starting the process will give you a good feel for your chances for success. If its in your budget, hiring a grant writer is going to ease the application burden significantly, but it is not necessary. Follow these tips and do your research to have success no matter what your budget can offer in ways of assistance.

Tip #6: Keep Organized
Assign one person in your organization to manage your grant applications. Even if you are not able to hire an external grant writer or grant writing consultant, an internal grant manager can ensure that all documents are accessed quickly. It is best if this person has signing authority or is the direct assistant to someone with signing authority and can obtain signatures quickly. The grants manager should also keep all past grant applications on file as these can be great reference tools as you apply for new funding.

Tip #7: Pay Close Attention to All Deadlines
This might seem like an obvious piece of advice, however, many grants require “pre-applications.” These often have deadlines prior to the main listed date and can be an easy step to miss. Pay close attention to what information is required to each submission website and on which date.

Click here for a list of current Telemedicine grants, as well as, a list of agencies that commonly provide funding.

If there are any questions left unanswered or if you would like help with an upcoming grant application, call Telemedicine.com at (530) 676-0421 or email us at mail@telemedicine.com. We are here to help!

 

In California, the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC), has a current grant through Blue Shield of California Foundation to offer FREE ONSITE TRAINING SESSIONS . See the training flyer for more information!

We are proud to work closely with the TRCs to provide education and guidance to our health care providers, hospitals and clinics. Contact us to find out how we can team up to help your organization. (530) 676-0421 or mail@telemedicine.com



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MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

ATA Asks HHS to Lift 'Unnecessary' Restrictions on Medicare Providers Fierce HealthIT "Providers cannot take advantage of the full capabilities of telemedicine and telehealth due to unnecessary limitations," said Jonathan Linkous, chief executive officer of ATA, in an announcement.

Telemedicine and Telehealth Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid May 1, 2013.. Learn More

House bill seeks active-duty telehealth Healthcare IT News. Continuing the recent spate of mHealth activity in the nation's capital, a pair of California Congressmen have submitted a bill that would expand telehealth coverage to active-duty service members, their dependents, retirees and veterans.

Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2013 Includes a 26.5% Decrease. HANYS. Telehealth: CMS adopted its proposal to add eight Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes to the list of services approved for coverage under the Medicare telehealth policy.

Delaware Medicaid Program Announces Reimbursements for Telemedicine-Delivered Services. HIMSS. This initiative will help to improve patient’s access to care, better the quality of care and help to transform the state’s mental health system.

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