December Issue Devoted to Telehealth

Several authors of articles appearing in the Health Affairs December Issue dedicated to Telehealth, www.healthaffairs.org spoke at the National Press Club recently to present their ideas and thoughts on the extensive reach of telehealth to continually provide better healthcare to populated but also rural communities. (more…)

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Integrating Care for the Mentally Ill

Pennsylvania is working with organizations to develop a learning collaborative to improve the well-being of patients with serious mental illness especially in rural communities. (more…)

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Call9 Provides Urgent Care

CMS recently released data highlighting facility specific performance information for the “Skilled Nursing Value-Based Purchasing Program” at Central Island Healthcare (CIH) https://www.centralislandhealthcae.com located in Plainview New York. (more…)

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Effective AR Prescribing via Telehealth

Teledoc Health https://www.teledochealth.com is working with the University of Southern California (USC) Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and Northwestern University to develop the first large scale study to assess antibiotic prescribing practices used in telehealth. (more…)

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IHS Upgrading Technology & Data

The Indian Health Services (IHS) https://www.ihs.gov within HHS, provides a comprehensive health delivery system for approximately 2.3 American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in partnership with the 573 federally recognized Tribes. Several action are underway to improve services and quality serving the American Indian and Alaska Natives population in order to upgrade technology especially in rural communities. (more…)

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Mobile Technologies Support Stroke Care

The VA’s newsletter “The Rural Connection” in an article written by Alan Geilsamer, Program Specialist for the VA’s Office of Connected Care https://connectedcare.va.gov, relates how mobile technologies have been used successfully to support acute stroke care. (more…)

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Maryland Addresses the Opioid Crisis

Federal actions were undertaken that affect the State of Maryland concerning the opioid crisis. The state was awarded a $20 million two year grant from the CURES Act currently in its second year. The funds from the CURES Act are used for the Maryland Opioid Response program https://bha.health.maryland.gov/NALoxone/Pages/home.aspx. (more…)

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