Reflections Amidst COVID-19

In the past month, the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is now known, has changed the way we live our lives, not just in the United States, but all over the world. The academic history of pandemics is a fascinating topic, as seen in a recent article by Nicholas LePan, on the Visual Capitalist's website. 

Here at the UMTRC, we have seen a tsunami of requests for information on telehealth.  As demands for technical assistance continue to skyrocket, we are working on a plan to provide a series of short webinars to answer your questions.  The reimbursement for various telemedicine waivers is changing very rapidly, and we are committed to staying on top of these changes so that we can assist our clients with the most recent information we have available.  We have created a new COVID-19 resource page with links to Medicare and state Medicaid guidelines and executive orders in our region of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.  Please join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn to receive updates on our new resources.


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COVID-19 Resources

The UMTRC team has been compiling COVID-19 resources for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, as well as national resources from CMS, HRSA, SAMSHA, and others.  We will continue to update the website as more information becomes available.  Please check this site regularly during this unprecedented pandemic.


View UMTRC COVID-19 Resources

Upcoming Webinars

"Starting a Telemedicine Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic" 
Friday, March 27th at 12pm Eastern
Hosted by: Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center
Presented by: Becky Sanders, MBA

This webinar will provide basic information on telehealth and telemedicine to those who are unfamiliar with this modality.  We will review resources available on the UMTRC website to get your program started, as well as guidelines for a work-plan and tips on website etiquette. 




Virtual Office Hours

The UMTRC hosts topic-based Virtual Office Hours twice a month. 
Bring a cup of coffee and join us for an informal discussion. 

Our next Virtual Office Hours will be: 

Thursday, March 26th – "Grant Writing Tips"
1:00pm to 1:30pm Eastern

 No RSVP Necessary!


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UMTRC Stakeholder Calls

As part of our outreach efforts, the UMTRC has hosted virtual stakeholder calls with each state in our region every 4th month for the last several years.  Beginning in 2020, these calls will be hosted quarterly and will include all states (IL, IN, MI, and OH).  

Here is the 2020 stakeholder call schedule: 

April 15th, from 2-3pm Eastern 

July 22nd, from 2-3pm Eastern 

October 21st, from 2-3pm Eastern




Upcoming In-Person Events

*UMTRC is monitoring COVID-19 and will notify registrants if there are any changes to in-person events*

UMTRC 2020 Annual Conference
"Defining Your Telehealth Strategy"
July 14-15, 2020

South Bend, Indiana

We are back in South Bend again this year - home to St. Mary’s College and Notre Dame.  South Bend is located in north central, Indiana and central to the UMTRC states of Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Join us for a jam packed couple of days as the UMTRC brings speakers from across the country to help your organization to develop your telehealth strategy. The conference will start off on Tuesday morning with a telehealth 101 session at 10am.  With a total of 3 keynotes, 12 breakouts, and individual state networking sessions, this is a telehealth conference you do not want to miss!




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This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number G22RH3051 under the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program for $325,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.



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