TeleHealth News


September 7, 2017




Message from our Chairman:

     As mentioned in an earlier Newsletter, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has officially recognized the formation of the Interstate Special Interest Group (SIG). That Interstate SIG is now under the new leadership of Kris Erps as Chair, and Vanessa McLaughlin as Vice Chair. Reza Ghadimi remains as Secretary. As telemedicine becomes more universal, ATA and its members recognize the fact that telemedicine sees no borders, nationally, as well as internationally. This opens amazing opportunities to bring access to healthcare services anywhere, anytime when it is needed. Overcoming the challenges of interstate provision of health services and increasing meaningful adoption of telemedicine independent of state border is a cornerstone of the Interstate SIG, working in collaboration with ATA Members, the Board, and staff. This also provides a platform for sharing best practices and successful efforts to enhance telehealth within a state and across its borders, as well as sharing solutions to overcome barriers to adoption and interstate collaboration so that all of our citizens can experience the benefits that telemedicine can bring in enhancing healthcare and improving health outcomes no matter one’s location, while preserving patient safety, quality and standards of care. In that regard, the National Quality Forum (NQF) is releasing a report on the most appropriate evidence based metrics that should be applied in evaluating telehealth in four major domains of access to care, financial impact and cost, user experience, and effectiveness. You are encouraged to read this report as you evaluate the value of telehealth. You are also encouraged to join the Interstate SIG at a time of amazing opportunities for the growth and use of telemedicine.
     Recent events of the disaster in Texas and Hurricane Harvey, point out the potential value of using telehealth to provide access to healthcare services to those effected by the devastation bring those services virtually even across state lines as local healthcare infrastructure becomes limited and overwhelmed. In these types of situations, not only can telemedicine impact the health of patients and the general public, but it can literally help to save lives. Think of the patients with chronic illnesses now out of contact with their primary healthcare team or someone who becomes acutely ill without access to local health services. Developing a national interstate network of telemedicine services can provide a foundation for improving healthcare access, as well as the health and well-being of everyone across this great nation not only during a disaster or other health care crisis, but also on a daily basis when access is a challenge. Telemedicine provides an answer!

Dale Alverson, MD,
Chair, New Mexico telehealth Alliance
Past President ATA


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Of Interest:

    As yet another major hurricane aims for the US, many providers may consider volunteering to help our colleagues in affected states. Licensing maybe one issue holding many of us back. But it is important to know that the federal government and most states have contingency rules to allow physicians and providers who are duly certified and licensed in another state to receive a temporary license to work in the affected state during such disasters.
    There are several waiver options during declared emergencies such as;

CMS 1135 Waivers
Licensure issues in the event of a disaster
Legal aspects in disaster nursing
The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA)
Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (UEVHPA)


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Consider expanding your practice
to the disaster areas of our
country through TeleHealth.

Ask us how.

Many state laws, including NM,
require insurance companies to
pay for TeleHealth consultation.


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Useful links:

American Telemedicine Association
Assoc. of Clinicians for the Underserved
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Con Alma Health Foundation
Directory of State Medical Boards
Federation of State Medical Boards
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
National Quality Forum
National Rural Health Association
New Mexico Broadband Program
New Mexico Department of Health
New Mexico First
NM Health Resources
NM legislature
NM Medical Board
NM Rural Hospital Network
UNM Center for Telehealth
UNM Project ECHO
World Health Organization (WHO)


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