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The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, under HRSA, has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY21 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. This one-year grant program supports organizations in their planning efforts and assists these new integrated health care networks in becoming operational.

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) signed a letter to the heads of the Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calling for changes to reimbursement policies for various telehealth services.

With the proliferation of telemedicine, health care providers will need to consider identity verification systems that prevent fraud, such as voice identification and device security measures.

This New York health system expands upon a Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program by further enabling EMTs to meet the needs of the senior population. This may then more appropriately allow seniors to remain in their own homes longer and age in place. Learn more in this Telehealth and Medicine Today article.

West Tennessee Healthcare discusses their experiences with implementing and operationalizing telehealth services during a pandemic. Read about how their program developed in this Telehealth & Medicine Today article.

As was the case with many health systems across the country, McLaren Health Care looked to a variety of platforms to adequately address their telehealth needs throughout the pandemic and saw their visits skyrocket. Read the article from HealthcareIT News to learn more.

While telehealth took over for many healthcare organizations during the first half of this year, the question is how will it look in the months to come. This article from ModernHealthcare talks about the role telehealth will likely play in the future, becoming a “great part of routine care”.

A pilot program at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. has been utilizing telegenetic consultations to diagnose rare diseases. Using facial recognition, video appointments, and a triage system for genetic assessments, the average wait time for a patient to see a clinical geneticist has decreased from 3-4 months to 6-8 days.

New data shows that telemedicine growth during the COVID-19 pandemic varied depending on states’ lockdown policies, with states with looser COVID-19 restrictions seeing more growth than states with tighter restrictions.

This article from HealthLeaders Media highlights the impact that COVID-19 has had on the use, development and growth of telehealth over these past several months. They take an in-depth look at three healthcare organizations and how their telehealth programs changed during the March/April timeframe.

A recent article from Healthcare Innovations highlighted two research efforts examining the challenges around the use of telehealth and the elderly.

The delivery of healthcare services into a patient’s home has, over the course of a few months, now become an expected component of the care we receive. This aspect requires not only reliable and convenient technology, but also a willingness of providers and payers to integrate remote services more purposefully.

McKenzie County Health Care Systems was awarded a $3,869 grant from the Rural Community Grant Fund of the Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. The money will be used to purchase more telemedicine equipment, thus increasing patient volume while also maintaining the safety of patients and health care workers.

In a representative study of 641 Minnesota physicians (surveyed between June 16 and July 13), 2020, researchers found that telehealth services have grown by 833% since the start of the pandemic and that 80% of doctors report that their patients are satisfied with telehealth services.

The healthcare delivery system of the future will look significantly different than it does today. There will be new and different processes and technologies involved and shifting policies to understand. Read the full article to learn how the Mayo Clinic is anticipating those challenges.

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