News from the Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers – March 2017

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The TRCs have hit the ground running in 2017, with their event schedules about to ramp up, and large projects in several regions under way. There’s never been a better time to partner with your local telehealth advocates. 

NORTHWEST
NRTRC’s sixth annual conference will be held in Seattle, WA, April 10-12, 2017. This year’s conference theme is Next Generation Healthcare: Optimizing Your Telehealth Programs. The event will feature national and internationally-renowned speakers on the subject of telehealth and virtual healthcare. Visit nrtrc.org to register today.

Education is a primary part of NRTRC’s mission. To fulfill that need, NRTRC offers a number of different educational opportunities, ranging from our annual Regional Telehealth Conference to our monthly webinars (both regional and national) to telehealth toolkits to white papers. We offer educational materials tailored to all levels of telehealth participation, whether it be newly-forming networks or seasoned providers looking for more information on a specific topics
contact:  Bob Wolverton
bob@nrtrc.org

SOUTHEAST
The Florida-mandated statewide telehealth surveys have been completed and final reports delivered for review by the appointed telehealth advisory council. The council will now deliberate monthly, with report of their recommendations due to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by October 31, 2017. For more information on the Florida Telehealth Advisory Council, past/future meetings, survey reports and overview of the House Bill 7087 that mandated this effort in Florida visit: www.ahca.myflorida.com/SCHS/telehealth

SETRC is gearing up for their 8th Annual Georgia Telehealth conference hosted by their affiliate organization The Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, March 22-24 at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Early bird rates are open until February 27th, for more info visit http://www.gatelehealth.org
contact: Lloyd Sirmons
lloyd.sirmons@setrc.us   

SOUTHWEST
The 3rd Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPS 2017) will be held October 2-3, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.  Visit www.ttspsworld.com for up to date information.
We anticipate 500 healthcare leaders and 40 vendors in the expo hall. SPS 2017 “Lightning Rounds” provide exhibitors with a concise, live, high-profile opportunity to describe their services and products to the SPS 2017 attendees. SPS 2017 attendees receive practical advice from nationally recognized telehealth experts on building successful programs; forming effective partnerships and negotiating legal, regulatory and payment hurdles. The SPS 2017 Call for Abstracts for poster presentations will open in mid-February 2017.  We will start the second day of SPS 2017 meeting with poster presenters during breakfast in the plenary ballroom. Hope you will join us!
contact: Kristine Erps
kerps@telemedicine.arizona.edu

GREAT PLAINS
The gpTRAC annual Telehealth conference is the region’s only conference focused on telehealth and virtual patient care. At this conference you will hear about creative applications and related services. You will also learn how telehealth can be instrumental in providing services to your patients and community. This year’s conference will be held April 3-4 in Bloomington, MN, with the theme of the summit being, “Telehealth: Bringing Virtual Care to the Consumer.” The meeting will feature nationally and internationally renowned speakers on telehealth and virtual healthcare. To register please visit: http://www.gptrac.org
contact: Zoi Hills
hills069@umm.edu

TexLA
The 2017 ‘Rural Health at the Crossroads’ Conference will be June 21– 23, 2017 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo. This year’s conference will focus on Managing Challenges and Disparities in Rural Health with telehealth as one of the strategies. TexLa TRC is taking Telemedicine 1.0 on the road across the region with one day workshops to provide a roadmap for starting or expanding a telemedicine program. In Louisiana, we will be in Baton Rouge on May 26, 2017; in Texas, El Paso on May 5, Austin on June 14, and Dallas on July 14, 2017. Frontiers in Telemedicine, a one-of-a-kind training program for clinicians, continues to enroll and has trained more than 150 clinicians. The program focuses on competency-based learning and features a combination of online content and hands-on simulated learning and awards 18 hours of CME or CNE.
contact: Becky Jones
becky.jones@ttuhsc.edu

NORTHEAST
Join our third annual Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference on May 23 and 24, 2017, in Amherst, MA. Stakeholders from across the Northeast and beyond will gather to learn about telehealth best practice and innovation, network with colleagues, and identify opportunities to advance their programs. Visit www.netrc.org/conference to learn more and register today! NETRC is working on a variety of projects focused on regional telehealth expansion, including a state-wide assessment of telehealth in MA and a project to expand the reach of autism caregiver training in RI. We are also redesigning our eight-state reimbursement guides. While we continue to see meaningful telehealth policy growth throughout the Northeast, both among private payers and Medicaid programs, stakeholders report that lack of consistent interpretation and implementation of parity laws remains a significant challenge to wide-spread telehealth adoption.
contact: Andrew Solomon
asolomon@mcdph.org

MID-ATLANTIC
MATRC has begun accepting nominations for 1) the MATRC Telehealth Innovation Award and 2) the MATRC Telehealth Excellence in Service for Rural and/or Medically Underserved Populations Award.  The Submission Deadline for both is midnight on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Visit our website beginning February 15 for more information and to submit an entry. www.matrc.org

The Annual MATRC Regional Telehealth Summit is coming up April 2 – 4, 2017, at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA.  Register today. MATRC is also offering three half day Pre-Summit Workshops on Sunday April 2, 2017. These workshops are free of charge, but registration is required. Sessions include: Telehealth in Criminal Justice and Correctional Settings;  Telehealth and the Opioid Epidemic: Protecting Safety and Promoting Health; and Telegenetics.
Learn more at:
http://matrcsummit.org.
contact: Kathy Wibberly
khw2k@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

HEARTLAND
Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, recently announced deep budget cuts that could negatively impact telemedicine at a state level.
The Telehealth ROCKS (Rural Outreach for Children of Kansas) grant, now in its second year, seeks to improve treatment and assessment of children with developmental and behavioral health challenges in rural Southeastern Kansas. In September 2016, the project started accepting referrals. The schools or providers identify parents who are interested in services via telehealth and the parents are connected with the University of Kansas Center for Telehealth and Telemedicine (KUCTT) for assistance with the intake process and then linked with services.
Telehealth ROCKS was recently awarded an extension grant for expanding telehealth services to schools. They will continue to expand services over the remaining two years of the grant.
contact: Janine Gracy
jgracy@kumc.edu

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Contributing Editor / TRC Liaison
The founder of IMST Innovations, Aneel is a certified telehealth coordinator who works with organizations to develop sustainable telemedicine solutions. He is Telemedicine Magazine's liaison to The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers.

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