Thank you for joining us VIRTUALLY!

Thanks to the over 150 of you who joined us for our virtual UMTRC 2020 Conference on July 13-15th!  It was truly a labor of love to bring our many speakers and topics to you.  For those of you who registered for the conference, you will continue to have access to the slides and recordings within the EventMobi app through the end of August.



 Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently

Published August 5, 2020 

The 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule would make permanent certain telehealth and workforce flexibilities provided during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and improve healthcare for Americans in Rural Areas  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, consistent with the Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access that President Trump signed today. The Executive Order and proposed rule advance our efforts to improve access and convenience of care for Medicare beneficiaries, particularly those living in rural areas. Additionally, the proposed rule implements a multi-year effort to reduce clinician burden under our Patients Over Paperwork initiative and to ensure appropriate reimbursement for time spent with patients. This proposed rule also takes steps to implement President Trump’s Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors and continues our commitment to ensure that the Medicare program is sustainable for future generations. 


Trump Administration Renews Public Health Emergency

Published July 24, 2020

The Trump administration has renewed the public health emergency for the coronavirus, ensuring that critical resources to fight the pandemic can continue while much of the country battles rising caseloads. The news will come as relief to health care groups who worried that President Donald Trump would let the emergency declaration lapse when it was set to expire July 25, despite previous assurances from top administration officials it would be renewed. 


 Midwest Genetics Network RFP

The Midwest Genetics Network (MGN) is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) cycle. This cycle, MGN is awarding grantees up to $10,000 to implement innovative projects that support MGN’s objectives. MGN’s program objectives for the 2020-2024 cycle include: improving access to genetic services, increasing the utilization of telemedicine, and educating and engaging stakeholders. 

If you are interesting in receiving the RFP packet, please contact Danielle Baumgartner, Senior Project Coordinator, at or 517-324-8390. 

If you are interested in submitting an application, please follow the proposal requirements outlined in the RFP packet and submit your application to Proposals are due by 5:00 PM EST on September 8, 2020.

Upcoming Webinars

The UMTRC has several webinars planned for the month of August.  We hope that you can join us and welcome your requests for additional topics for future webinars.

NCTRC Webinar - "Novice to Expert: A Guide to Comprehensive Patient Assessment Using Telehealth in the Home"
August 20, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Presented by: Kimberly Shea RN, PhD, CHPN and Victoria Towers MSN, FNP-BC
Hosted by: Southwest Telehealth Resource Center

Telehealth use has increased 8,776%. Video conferencing and associated technology have been quickly implemented so healthcare providers could “see” patients in the safety of their home. Technology mediated home visits have an advantage of eliminating vulnerable patients’ exposure to health complications, but compromises the use of touch and vision to gain knowledge. Commonly, when senses are compromised, tools are needed to enhance existing senses. A tool, such as a guide, can enhance tele-homecare providers’ abilities to assess and communicate with patients and their families. Without a guide, the potential brevity of videoconferencing visits puts providers at risk for missing cues to potential problems. The purpose of this presentation is to examine Comprehensive Patient Assessment using Telehealth in the Home (CPATH) as a validated guide to prompt telehealth providers to ask to observe items in the home within key domains of concerns.

"Building a Tele-behavioral Health Platform: A solution for treating patients diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders living in medically underserved communities"
August 21, 2020 12:00 PM EST
Presented by: Trevor Cunningham, Project Coordinator with the Indiana Rural Health Association
Hosted by: Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center and the Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium

During this live webinar, team members from the Crossroad Partnership for Telehealth, an Indiana Rural Health Association affiliate, will outline the implementation processes associated with a tele-behavioral health platform. Attend this meeting to learn how behavioral health clinics have designed their clinical settings, evolved their workforce development strategy, organized billing procedures, identified diagnostic coding practices, utilized screening instruments, adapted to policy changes at the federal and state levels, and built a comfortable environment to treat behavioral health disorders.


Additional Events

IRHA Leadership Seminar/Quality Symposium

August 19, 2020
Now a Virtual Event

The Indiana Rural Health Association has a very unique day planned for you with a "Leadership" and "Quality" track running simultaneously in the morning and then a combined afternoon session where Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH, will present “Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference." Register below.   


Virtual Office Hours

Similar to webinars, our Virtual Office Hours are offered virtually.  They are more informal, more interactive, and typically only last 30 minutes, instead of an hour.  The UMTRC will hold several topic-based Virtual Office Hours this month. 
Bring a cup of coffee and join us for a discussion. 

Our August Virtual Office Hours will be:  

August 17 @ 11:30am EST – “Basic Telehealth Resources”

August 21 @ 2:00pm EST - “Webside Manner”

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: 

October 21st, from 2-3pm Eastern



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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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