Celebrating Your Telemedicine Programs
Across the Midwest, many of my friends and neighbors are experiencing the abundance of fall harvest in their vegetable gardens and sharing the various canned vegetables, salsa, and home baked good with others. As they are thankful for the bounty of their gardens, we here at the UMTRC are thankful to those of you who have entrusted us with the ability to assist you in creating telemedicine programs that will continue to thrive for years to come. We ask that you share your successes with us, so that we might share them with others. Beginning this month, for each telehealth program story that is submitted to the UMTRC via our email@example.com email, we will send you a $25 Amazon gift card. Organizations that send in multiple stories will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary registration to the UMTRC 2021 Annual Conference.
Rural Telehealth Initiative
Published September 1, 2020
The three federal agencies most closely associated with telehealth governance are joining forced to expand connected health opportunities in rural America.
The Federal Communications Commission, Health and Human Services Department and Department of Agriculture have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, and will launch an interagency Rural Telehealth Task Force to push the project forward.
“From the beginning of my tenure at the FCC, I’ve heard and shared the view that telemedicine is a game-changer for rural America,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a press release. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made the rural healthcare challenge even more serious and has complicated healthcare providers’ efforts to serve rural Americans. More than ever, these areas of the country need enhanced connectivity to provide vital health services to residents.”
More than 15 percent of the country’s population live in rural areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they face challenges to accessing care that run the gamut from hospital closures and provider shortages to geographical barriers. In addition, rural residents are more likely to die from chronic conditions that could be better managed if they had unfettered access to care.
We hope that you can join us and welcome your requests for additional topics for future webinars.
UMTRC Webinar: Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium
September 9, 2020
Hosted by: UMTRC
Presented by: Amnah Anwar MPH, MBBS
Senior Director, Epidemiologist. Indiana Rural Health Association
Program Director Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium
Amnah Anwar will be presenting on the HRSA funded program, Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium aimed to combat the SUD/OUD in rural Indiana. The changing trends in SUD/OUD during the time of COVID-19 and how the program has adapted to these trends in providing access to Narcan trainings, safe drug disposal, MAT waiver training and community outreach and education to remove stigma from Substance Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
NCTRC Webinar: Multicultural Patient Engagement Strategies and Solutions
September 18, 2020
Hosted by: California Telehealth Resource Center
Presented by: Joel Gray, Executive Director - Anthem Blue Cross - CA Medicaid
Abner Mason, CEO - ConsejoSano
California’s Medi-Cal population is 81% multicultural, which is a unique challenge for health systems. ConsejoSano will provide a brief overview of their culturally competent 2-way text patient engagement service that drives increased patient engagement and improved outcomes for multicultural, underserved, and hard to reach populations. Anthem Blue Cross will share their innovative partnership with ConsejoSano, LanguageLine, and safety net health centers to launch telehealth and digital solutions that help solve for cultural and language barriers in healthcare, improving quality and patient experiences.
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 September Virtual Office Hours will be:
September 18 @ 12:00pm EST – “What Videoconferencing Platform are you Using?”
September 29 @ 12:00pm EST - “Virtual Visits and Reimbursement”
Upcoming In-Person Conferences & Virtual Events
Due to COVID-19, many of the traditional fall conferences throughout our region have been converted to virtual events. As we learn about them, we will post them on our website under In-Person Events!
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.