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TRC Ten-Year Report

The National Coalition of Telehealth Resource Centers has just completed a ten-year report. NRTRC has been here since before the beginning. Click the link to review the document.

TRC Ten-Year report

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center

Regions Served:
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Your source for confidential, objective answers and valuable insights into Telehealth issues in the Northwest.

NRTRC provides technical assistance, program support, education and information to Telehealth Networks in our seven-state region. Our staff members have strong backgrounds in multiple aspects of Telehealth and access to a wide range of Telehealth experts throughout the United States. Our primary mission is to increase the use of Telehealth service throughout the region, especially to underserved populations. To achieve that goal, we provide no-cost assistance to Telehealth providers. As one of 14 Telehealth Resource Centers in the United States, NRTRC has access to leaders in the industry on a wide range of topics and can help your program grow. Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance, information or encouragement.

From the NRTRC Blog:

Northwest Legislative/Regulatory

May 10th, 2016

Please Note: CCHP has a pending legislation/regulation webpage updated regularly located at the following link: http://cchpca.org/state-laws-and-reimbursement-policies

Highlights since last update:
• Resolution (SCR 26) adopted in Alaska to require insurance coverage for mental health benefits provided through telemedicine.
• Interstate Medical Licensure Compact bills continue movement in Alaska (HB 238) and Colorado (HB 1047). Washington also reintroduced the compact language (SB 6228).
• Private payer reimbursement bill (HB 1403) reintroduced in Washington
• Washington enacted SB 6519 to add the home as an eligible originating site for private payer plans.
• Newly adopted rule (effective June 1) allows for school-based health services to be delivered via telemedicine in WA’s Medicaid program.
Read More

Hectic Holiday Happenings

December 2nd, 2015

Bob discusses the hectic goings-on at NRTRC.
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NRTRC Focus Groups

April 20th, 2016

Join one of our special focus groups designed to help our region tackle the barriers and celebrate the successes in telehealth!
Read More

National Rural Health Day

November 19th, 2015

While my blog is generally slated for Wednesday, I thought it would be OK to delay it until today. You see, today is National Rural Health Day.

National Rural Health Day is a day set aside by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) along with their partners and friends to share information and understanding of the challenges of providing health care to rural patients.

Of course here at NRTRC we believe the answer to expanding care availability to rural folks is telehealth. The NRTRC territory contains the only two Frontier States in the U.S., Alaska and Wyoming. Those states have a population density of less than six people per square mile. Montana just missed the Frontier designation with a count of 6.3 per square mile. And the other four states, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington each have a high percentage of counties with frontier designations. Because of these low population densities, all of our states have a high number of counties designated as Healthcare Provider Shortage Areas (HPSA). With that in mind, it becomes clear how challenging it is to get care to our residents. (I often tease my colleagues from back east who talk about rurality with population densities of a hundred or so per square mile. We in the big, square states know rural!)

And that’s why we say telehealth is the answer. Imagine a rancher who would have to travel six hours to a care facility to see a specialist. Would he or she leave home for a twelve-hour round trip with a ten-minute appointment in the middle? How do we get care to Native Alaskans villages so remote that the nearest road is miles away? No one should have to forego health care because of their location in this day and age of ready communication. Telehealth provides the answer and all 14 TRCs are standing by to provide assistance and encouragement to providers who want to reach out to folks in ‘the country.’
Read More

Northwest Legislative/Regulatory

May 10th, 2016

Please Note: CCHP has a pending legislation/regulation webpage updated regularly located at the following link: http://cchpca.org/state-laws-and-reimbursement-policies

Highlights since last update:
• Resolution (SCR 26) adopted in Alaska to require insurance coverage for mental health benefits provided through telemedicine.
• Interstate Medical Licensure Compact bills continue movement in Alaska (HB 238) and Colorado (HB 1047). Washington also reintroduced the compact language (SB 6228).
• Private payer reimbursement bill (HB 1403) reintroduced in Washington
• Washington enacted SB 6519 to add the home as an eligible originating site for private payer plans.
• Newly adopted rule (effective June 1) allows for school-based health services to be delivered via telemedicine in WA’s Medicaid program.
Read More

NRTRC Focus Groups

April 20th, 2016

Join one of our special focus groups designed to help our region tackle the barriers and celebrate the successes in telehealth!
Read More

Hectic Holiday Happenings

December 2nd, 2015

Bob discusses the hectic goings-on at NRTRC.
Read More

National Rural Health Day

November 19th, 2015

While my blog is generally slated for Wednesday, I thought it would be OK to delay it until today. You see, today is National Rural Health Day.

National Rural Health Day is a day set aside by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) along with their partners and friends to share information and understanding of the challenges of providing health care to rural patients.

Of course here at NRTRC we believe the answer to expanding care availability to rural folks is telehealth. The NRTRC territory contains the only two Frontier States in the U.S., Alaska and Wyoming. Those states have a population density of less than six people per square mile. Montana just missed the Frontier designation with a count of 6.3 per square mile. And the other four states, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington each have a high percentage of counties with frontier designations. Because of these low population densities, all of our states have a high number of counties designated as Healthcare Provider Shortage Areas (HPSA). With that in mind, it becomes clear how challenging it is to get care to our residents. (I often tease my colleagues from back east who talk about rurality with population densities of a hundred or so per square mile. We in the big, square states know rural!)

And that’s why we say telehealth is the answer. Imagine a rancher who would have to travel six hours to a care facility to see a specialist. Would he or she leave home for a twelve-hour round trip with a ten-minute appointment in the middle? How do we get care to Native Alaskans villages so remote that the nearest road is miles away? No one should have to forego health care because of their location in this day and age of ready communication. Telehealth provides the answer and all 14 TRCs are standing by to provide assistance and encouragement to providers who want to reach out to folks in ‘the country.’
Read More
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