Telehealth is healthcare delivered at a distance, using communications networks and information technologies. This concept is particularly applicable to rural communities, where access to healthcare services are often limited, affecting the health and welfare of the citizens, the communities as a whole, and their economic viability and development. Not only can telehealth increase access to care, there is mounting evidence that, at the same time, it can improve health outcomes and reduce costs.
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In addition there are also over 30 new telehealth applications under development with several being prepared for deployment. Telehealth offers the increasing opportunity for extension of UNMHSC clinical services, education and training, and research to all communities throughout the State. Telehealth can help to meet the health needs of our communities and every person in New Mexico.
The Center for Telehealth has an institutional membership to ATA. If you would like to be a member of ATA you can join under our membership. You will need to complete the form and send it to Veronica Duffy, mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Telehealth (CfTH) is the coordinator and facilitator for the integration of Telehealth programs at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health SciencesCenter (HSC) and other state partners. CfTH is available to help programs interested in integrating Telehealth into their initiatives.
Providing technical, network, business, and operational planning and design.
Connecting providers, patients, administrators, across the state, across the nation and across the world. There are 100 sites in NM connected involving several health care provider organizations.
Dr. Dale Alverson and Denise Wheeler were presented with an award from New Mexico Health Care Takes on Diabetes for their Commitment to Improving Diabetes Care in New Mexico. The award was presented to them by Dr. Bruce Mann at the quarterly Coalition Meeting, August 31 2011.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized all of their proposed telehealth code additions that were originally published in June 2010. These changes will go into effect January 1, 2011.
CMS finalized their proposals to add the following requested services to the list of Medicare telehealth services for CY 2011:
Furthermore, CMS is revising §410.78(b) and §414.65(a)(1) accordingly. Specifically, the agency is adding individual and group KDE services, individual and group DSMT services, group MNT services, group HBAI services, and subsequent hospital care and nursing facility care services to the list of telehealth services for which payment will be made at the applicable PFS payment amount for the service of the practitioner. In addition, CMS reordered the listing of services in these two sections and removed "initial and follow-up inpatient telehealth consultations furnished to beneficiaries in hospitals and SNFs" in §410.78(b) because these are described by the more general term "professional consultations" that is in the same section. Finally, CMS is continuing to specify that the physician visits required under §483.40(c) may not be furnished as telehealth services.
The telehealth originating site facility fee was raised to $24.10.
The full final rulemaking is available at http://www.ofr.gov/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 with the major telehealth section from pages 486 to 526. There are other provisions addressing more specific forms of telehealth, such as cardiac event monitoring.
Telehealth provides assets and conserves resources for providers, patients and communities.