Telehealth Thought Leaders Address the Field’s Toughest Barriers in iHealthBeat Audio Report

Mario Gutierrez joined iHealthBeat and other leading telehealth supporters for a thoughtful discussion on the barriers that keep telehealth from providing the best possible care. The audio report and PDF transcript of the report can be found here.

CCHP Director Explores Digital Health Reimbursement at World Congress

Join CCHP executive director Mario Gutierrez at the World Congress mHealth + Telehealth World conference on July 22nd in Boston, MA. More information about the conference and Mario's presentation, "Understanding Reimbursement for Digital Health Practices," is available at the World Congress event page.

CCHP Executive Director Featured at TexLa Telehealth Summit

TexLa Telehealth Resource Center welcomed CCHP’s Mario Gutierrez as a guest presenter for their annual telehealth summit, “Assistance at a Distance,” June 23-25 in Galveston, Texas. Mario presented an in-depth examination of telehealth policies in Texas and Louisiana, focusing on how each state’s unique policy features affect how telehealth can be practiced. 

Both CCHP and TexLa TRC are members of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers.

Reporting on Health: In a World of Scarce Providers, What’s Stopping Telehealth?

What is stopping telehealth: is it policy barriers, absent guidelines, a lack of commitment from the health care system, or something else? Erica Mu’s article to explore this question features an interview with CCHP executive director Mario Gutierrez, as well as quotes from his presentation at the AHCJ Rural Health Journalism Workshop. Read on here.

Policy Update: TRC Consortium Reviews FSMB Model Guidelines

The "Federation of State Medical Boards Model Telemedicine Guidelines" fact sheet, another collaborative effort of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, reviews the FSMB's SMART Workgroup's suggestions for telehealth concepts, principles, and definitions that individual states may choose to utilize.

Previous collaborative projects include the “Telehealth Definition Framework” and “HIPAA and Telehealth” fact sheets.

CCHP Executive Director Talked Telehealth with Association of Health Care Journalists 

CCHP’s Mario Gutierrez presented to AHCJ’s Rural Health Journalism Workshop on June 5th in Portland, Oregon. He and his co-presenter, Dr. Miles Ellenby of Oregon Health and Sciences University. reviewed:

  • The health victories that telehealth can accomplish;

  • Where (and why) telehealth is not used as effectively as it could be;

  • The policies and practices that hold back telehealth; and

  • What can be done to make telehealth work for health improvement.

Conference attendees: please enjoy this packet of fact sheets on key federal telehealth policy. 

LATEST POLICY DEVELOPMENTS: FDA AND MOBILE MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued guidance for mobile medical applications, clarifying which types of apps while be subject to FDA regulations. NTRC-P's fact sheet includes an overview of the new guidance, charts to classify apps subject to oversight from those that are not, and medical device classification and requirements.