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NRTRC is proud to provide you with the most up-to-date Telehealth News. From legislative and regulatory updates, to announcements, here you’ll find everything in the industry you need to stay informed. We will continue to benefit from expanding collaboration and information sharing as our membership list grows.

Release of Conference Flyer: Extended Early Bird!!!

January 05, 2017

We've extended early bird pricing! You have until midnight 1/15/2017 to register for the cheapest price! Have you been waiting for further information on #NextGenHealthcare? Here's a great flyer for you to take a look at! Feel free to distribute to your mailing lists and encourage attendance to the biggest telemedicine conference in the Northwest!


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Conference Flyer

HRSA offers webinar on Diabetes Education through telehealth

November 28, 2016

HRSA is offering a free webinar on diabetes prevention through telehealth December 13. Registration is required, but the webinar is free. See the attached flyer for more information and registration information.

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Northwest Legislative/Regulatory Update

October 03, 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:
Regulation has been proposed by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to establish the Telemedicine Business Registry that was included in SB 74 when it was passed.


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News & Views: August 2, 2016

August 02, 2016

As the contract for telehealth connectivity was drawing close, the State of Wyoming had to make some decisions. Years earlier the State bought a telehealth bridge, and it was rapidly approaching its end of life, which necessitated a decision of whether to replace it or migrate telehealth connectivity into the cloud.

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Wyoming Telehealth Network

Northwest Legislative/Regulatory

May 31, 2016

Please Note: CCHP has a pending legislation/regulation webpage updated regularly located by clicking here.
Highlightssince last update:
  • Alaska’s SB 74 is awaiting the Governor’s signature.  This bill would eliminate the current requirement in Alaska law that only an in-state provider may write a prescription for an Alaskan patient if the service took place via telehealth.  The Federal Trade Commission submitted comments in support of the bill.
  • Alaska’s HB 238 and Washington’s SB 6228, both bills to enact the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, died.
  • Idaho Board of Medicine adopted a rule clarifying obligations of licensed health care providers providing telehealth services.


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Center for Connected Health Policy

Northwest Legislative/Regulatory

May 10, 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.

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Center for Connected Health Policy

NRTRC Focus Groups

April 20, 2016

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

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Hectic Holiday Happenings

December 02, 2015

Bob discusses the hectic goings-on at NRTRC.

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National Rural Health Day

November 19, 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.’


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Medicaid Ordered to Review Telehealth Availability

November 05, 2015

CMS just released a rule requiring state Medicaid offices to review access to care for their beneficiaries. The rule specifically requires telehealth to be considered.

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