Bill to Encourage Telehealth Innovation

Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) introduced the “Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act” (H.R 4013) on July 25 to encourage telehealth innovation and promote expanded access to healthcare services in rural and urban areas through telehealth and digital services. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, which is discouraging innovation and restricting access to specialized care. (more…)

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Support for the Cell Atlas of the Heart

Several University of Chicago https://www.uchicagomedicine.org scientists’ part of an international team of researchers, were awarded a three year, nearly $4 million grant to define every cell type in the human heart. The grant is part of $68 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) https://chanzuckerberg.com to support the “Human Cell Atlas.” (more…)

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Addressing Chronic Pain

The Department of the Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity within DOD https://www.usamraa.army.cil/Pages/main01.aspx on July 31, 2019, issued a grant announcement. The title of the Funding Opportunity Notice is “DOD Chronic Pain Management Research Program, Translational Research Award” (TRA)” (W81WH-19-CPMRP-TRA).

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Helping with Complex Care Needs

Beginning January 2020, Medicare Advantage plans will offer a broad range of new non-medical benefits such as food, housing, and transportation to people with complex care needs. At a briefing held July 24, 2019, the Bipartisan Policy Center https://bipartisanpolicy.org released a report offering ideas and recommendations on expanding Medicare benefits to help care for people with complex needs related to chronic conditions in the senior population. (more…)

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Bill Introduced to Lower Healthcare Costs

The “Lower Health Care Costs Act” (S.1895) sponsored by Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) https://www.alexander.senate.gov and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) https://www.murray.senate.gov was passed by the Senate Health Committee by a vote of 20-3 https://congress.gov. (more…)

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Tech Improving Care for Veterans

“The Rural Connection”, article authored by Kelly Lora Lewis PhD along with co-authors, published by the VA’s Office of Rural Health (ORH) https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov, reports that the VA has been working to enhance their telehealth network to improve access to connected health services for rural veterans. (more…)

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FCC Authorizes Broadband Funds

FCC https://fcc.gov has authorized over $524 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 205,520 unserved rural homes and businesses in 23 states supported by last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction. (more…)

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