CMS Issues Presolicitation

On November 15, 2013, CMS released a presolicitation announcing future plans related to improving quality. CMS has plans to release a solicitation related to quality seeking new approaches that the agency should take. Currently, CMS is making efforts towards achieving the “National Quality Strategy” (NOS) and the CMS Quality Strategy along with other strategies, goals, recommendations, and priorities. (more…)

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VA’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2020

The Veterans Administration’s Draft Strategic Plan for 2014-2020 emphasizes self-care, preventive services, primary care, and mental health services. One important goal is to eliminate the disability claims backlog by 2015. At that time, a robust plan will be implemented to ensure that claims are addressed in no more than 125 days with at least 98 percent accuracy. (more…)

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Project to Address Patient Risk

Several organizations recently launched a Kresge Foundation funded project with a grant award for $800,000. The grant funding will be used to measure and capture patient risks at health centers in terms of both clinical and non-clinical factors to include social, environmental, and economic factors that influence an individual’s health. (more…)

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Bills Introduced on the Hill

Representative Scott Peters from California has introduced the “Health Savings Through Technology Act” (H.R 3577) to advocate for a smarter way to deliver healthcare in the U.S. by increasing the use of wireless technologies. (more…)

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McKesson Foundation Award

The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare has been awarded one of FY 13 research grants from the McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health Initiative. The grant funding will help develop an interactive mobile health program to improve medication adherence and clinical outcomes in patients with cancer. (more…)

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Spotlight on Healthcare Workforce Issues

The November issue of Health Affairs highlights the U.S healthcare workforce and how to provide expanded coverage and new models of care as well as address the needs of an aging population.  The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) report that unless the U.S acts now, America will face a shortage of more than 90,000 doctors in ten years. (more…)

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2014 MATRC Summit: Save the Date

The 2014 Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Annual Summit (MATRC) will be held at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center in Fredericksburg Virginia on March 30-April 1, 2014.

The Summit will examine the ways that telehealth adds value to patients, practitioners, hospitals, health systems, and other facilities. Opportunities exist for organizations and companies to promote their business and services at the Summit.

Aneesch Chopra, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Virginia Secretary of Technology, and Senior Advisor to the Advisory Board Company has been invited to speak at the luncheon to be held on Monday March 31, 2013.

Participants will explore the concept of “value-added” through a highly interactive program that is built around the case history of “Mr. Doe” as he meanders through the primary care inpatient hospitalization, and post-discharge environs.

Other topics include:

  • Telehealth in the Post-Discharge Environment
  • Telehealth in the Inpatient Environment
  • State meetings with Delaware, D.C, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Telehealth in the Primary Care Environment


The Summit will conclude with a session on financial and business models for providing sustainable telehealth services.

Registration is now open so please register to take advantage of early bird discounts. To register for this premier event, go to, and click on 2014 MATRC Telehealth Summit.

For questions, or more information contact Ladi Carr at or call (434) 243-5703.

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