TeleHealth News


March 30, 2017




A Message from our Chairman:

     This is a challenging year for health care as we watch the activities in Washington DC and the new administration. However, despite much of the confusion and philosophical differences, the role of telemedicine and health information technologies remains of great interest by all parties as a means of improving access to care, improving health outcomes, and decreasing costs.
     Telemedicine represents a "non-partisan" approach to enhancing our healthcare system. For example, the National Quality Forum in Washington DC has formed a Telehealth Panel to determine the most appropriate evidence-based metrics that should be endorsed and used when applying telehealth in federal programs, including those supported by HHS and CMS. The metric framework will include domains of 1) Access, 2) Finances, 3) Experience, and 4) Effectiveness and follows the concept of the Triple Aim addressing the patient’s experience with the health system, improvements in health outcomes, and lowering costs without sacrificing quality. A fourth "Aim" is being added related to the provider’s experience. The role of telemedicine in addressing value-based care will also play a significant role as we consider MACRA, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models.
     The American Telemedicine Association prepares for their largest International Conference and Exhibition, "Telehealth 2.0", being held in Orlando Florida, April 23-25, 2017, with over 6,000 expected participants and the largest telemedicine industry exhibition in the world demonstrating the increasing spectrum of telemedicine technologies. Now, more than ever, is the time for Telemedicine and Telehealth. Now more than ever, we can all play a role in this important transformation in healthcare in the United States and around the world! Join this exciting effort.

Dale C. Alverson, MD, FAAP, FATA
Chairman of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance and the
ATA Interstate Telehealth Discussion Group
Medical Director of the University of New Mexico Center for Telehealth
CMIO, LCF Research and the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative


In the News:

Millennial physicians sound off on state of medicine today  

Medical School in Three Years? Educators Test a New Model  

New Agreement Addresses Residents' Needs in the 
Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

The Future of Health Care Is Outside the Doctor's Office  

Telemedicine Program and Diabetic Retinopathy Screening  

Rogue Internet Drug Outlets Contribute to 
Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

WHO Launches Global Effort to Halve
Medication-Related Errors in 5 Years

EU research funding targets help for
people with Down syndrome
EU Research & Innovation 

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Of Interest:

    Today is the birthday of Vincent van Gogh (1853), the Dutch painter. Van Gogh was poor and unknown throughout his life. Today, his paintings sell for millions. Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" sold for $82.5 million and "Irises" for $53.9 million. He was psychologically unstable and is know to have cut off his own ear. He committed suicide by gunshot in July 1890.
     It is also the birthday of painter and etcher Francisco Jose de Goya (1746), born in Fuendetodos Spain. He is best know for his painting of Naked Maja.
     And the birthday of the mental hygiene pioneer; Clifford Whittingham Beers in 1876 and of the Austrian psycho analyst Melanie Klein in 1882.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Many talented artists, musicians,
sculptors, agricultural scientists,
botanists, and veterinarians live in
our rural communities. They all
promote and add to our knowledge,
culture and economy. Yet they
lack proper healthcare for themselves
and their families. Consider expanding
your practice to the rural areas of
our state 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
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Con Alma Health Foundation
Directory of State Medical Boards
Federation of State Medical Boards
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
National Rural Health Association
New Mexico Broadband Program
New Mexico Department of Health
New Mexico First
NM Health Resources
NM legislature
Upcoming NM Legislative meetings
NM Medical Board
NM Rural Hospital Network
UNM Center for Telehealth
UNM Project ECHO
World Health Organization (WHO)


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