The UMTRC provides a single point of contact for telehealth resources across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio through educational and outreach presentations, individualized technical assistance, facilitation, connection to local or distant providers, and archived resources via our website and staff.
It’s been called the buffet approach to health care. And in Indiana, the buffet line could soon get longer if more doctors and patients are attracted to a membership plan picking up steam under a new law. For a flat monthly fee, usually $50 to $100, patients can go to their primary care doctors for an unlimited number of exams, basic lab tests, generic drugs and vaccinations, without dealing with any insurance claims or co-pays. The concept, called direct primary care, is meant to help patients and doctors spend more time together. Without dozens of insurance claims to file and follow up every day, physicians could cut administrative overhead, reduce costs and keep their practices limited to a few hundred patients, rather than a few thousand.
Rural hospitals may not save money when they treat an emergency-room patient via tele-medicine instead of transferring them to a larger facility, but patients do, according a new report.
Previous studies haven’t reached a clear conclusion about whether avoiding transfer of an ER patient saves the hospital money. But by expanding the focus to include consumer spending related to transport, researchers found that significant savings do occur, the study says.
The Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC) is a consortium of active telehealth organizations, headed by the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) that provides a comprehensive set of telehealth clinical and technical assistance services within Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.
Because we are a grant-based program, many of our services are provided at no charge. MORE