A critical component to our healthcare system, public health departments play a vital role in administering programs that uphold our public health standards and are proven to make our country’s communities healthier and safer.Read More
A new calendar year means a new funding year for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Rural Health Care (RHC) program!
If you’re a rural healthcare provider looking for ways to save money on your telecommunications and connectivity services, this program may be able to help you.
Many of our healthcare customers participate in this program every year, and we’ve seen firsthand how beneficial these funds can be for organizations looking to reach their IT, connectivity, and broadband goals.
Whether you’re new to the program or a seasoned applicant, here’s some basic info you need to know about the RHC program as Funding Year 2019 (FY2019) rapidly approaches.Read More
🎶 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🎶
Although the weather outside may be frightful, the giving spirit of the holiday season is keeping us warm and delightful! Every holiday season, TeleQuality pays it forward by giving back to a deserving nonprofit or charity.Read More
In the modern medical era of robot surgeries, drones, and telemedicine, it’s easy to overlook basic communication platforms like your phone system. But your phone system is still a critical method patients and providers rely on for communication. If your organization is on a legacy phone system and it’s causing nothing but headaches, it’s time to discover the benefits of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
VoIP is the transmission of phone calls over the Internet instead of traditional telephone lines and is rapidly transforming how healthcare organizations across the country communicate with their providers, patients, and counterparts.
No matter if your organization is a large medical system, behavioral health group, small doctor’s office, public health department, or rural clinic, VoIP systems can provide numerous benefits that legacy phone services just can’t deliver. Here are the top six benefits of adopting a VoIP phone system.Read More
Challenge: Outdated phone systems create obstacles and have become a burden for healthcare organizations.
Outdated phone systems are often difficult to integrate with existing systems and lack enhanced feature sets that can boost security and increase productivity. Location-restrictive voice platforms require staff to be physically present to place calls or access their voicemail, significantly hindering their ability to communicate when they are away from their desks or offices. Older systems also require regular maintenance and upgrades to ensure they are protected and functioning optimally.
Solution: Hosted VoIP solutions are designed to help healthcare organizations streamline their communications, cut costs, and introduce a new level of efficiency, security, and connectivity that traditional phone services just can’t deliver.Read More
Rising patient demand. Short-handed staff. Escalating costs. Shrinking reimbursement rates. Fierce competition.
With such a challenging and complicated healthcare landscape to navigate, we know you have a lot on your plate. And with technology becoming increasingly integrated into the patient experience, it’s critical healthcare organizations maximize their ROI with the right network and technology investments.
So how do you ensure you’re making every dollar count? Let’s look at how the right network solutions can increase your organization’s ROI and profits.Read More
Grant season is in full swing and our customers are among the recipients! Let’s take a look at three recently announced federal grant programs and congratulate our customers who are receiving much deserved funding!Read More
Some very good news for the telehealth and healthcare community has transpired in the past few months that we’re excited to share. Here on the TeleQuality blog, we’ve covered telehealth reimbursement in the past (see our beginner’s guide to telehealth reimbursement) and an update is in order after CMS published their 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program which included several proposed amendments for increased telehealth reimbursement in its 1,400+ pages of regulation. Also, the deadline to submit comments to the docket was Sept. 10th and several key industry stakeholders and organizations made their voices and opinions known about the proposed rules.
Let’s break down what new codes were proposed, what they could mean for telehealth reimbursement, and summarize the industry’s reaction.Read More
It's no secret telemedicine is disrupting the healthcare industry with it's ability to allow providers to care for patients no matter their distance, but sometimes it helps to see that transformation in a visual form! That's why we're currently obsessing over infographics and the power they have to share compelling data on the latest health IT trends. Check out these 10 fascinating infographics about telemedicine and health IT that we just had to share!Read More
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $125 million in Quality Improvement Award (QIA) grants to 1,352 health centers across the U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities they serve.
Find out which TQ customers received QIA grants this year in our newest blog post!Read More
Are you considering making upgrades to your healthcare organization’s broadband infrastructure and connectivity, but not sure if it’s the right investment?
You’ve come to the right place.
Although every healthcare facility’s telecom and connectivity needs are different, there are a few telltale signs that could indicate broadband investment is needed for your organization.Read More
The medical coding and reimbursement process from payers is notoriously confusing and complex, with many healthcare organizations dedicating entire teams to navigating the ever-changing landscape of rules and regulations. Telehealth reimbursement is even more confusing with laws constantly changing by state and reimbursement varying on your organization’s state, practice, services, and third-party payer.
How does a healthcare organization bill for telemedicine to Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers? What differences in reimbursement are at the state-level? What types of telemedicine are covered? Let’s navigate these questions and more in our newest blog post.Read More
Custom furniture based on our individual style preference. Custom houses constructed with each detail personalized. Tailored suits that fit our body to the inch. Streaming services that predict our next movie or TV show preference.
In a world where tailoring everything to the specific needs of the consumer is mainstream, what would it look like if we could personalize our medicine to this degree? That’s the premise behind the latest trending model from the healthcare industry called precision medicine or personalized medicine.
How does precision medicine work? What challenges does it face now and in the future? Can precision medicine be applied to underserved or rural areas? Let’s break down these questions and more in our newest blog post of 2018.Read More
In honor of May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, we at TeleQuality think it’s the perfect time to highlight how technology is transforming one of the most misunderstood and most important areas of medicine. We’re proud to serve various behavioral health, mental health, community service boards, and MHMR providers making a difference in their communities across the country. This month is the perfect time to honor the hardworking mental health organizations in our nation by featuring how telemedicine is transforming the delivery and quality of care for mental and behavioral health patients.
So how are broadband, health IT, and 21st century technology solutions impacting mental health care? Let’s dive into the world of telepsychiatry and telemental health to learn how they’re expanding access to mental health care like we’ve never seen before.Read More
What if we told you one type of telemedicine has the potential to help manage chronic diseases, allow older and disabled individuals to live at home longer, avoid prematurely moving those individuals into skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), reduce hospitalizations numbers, reduce readmissions, reduce length of stays in hospitals and so much more? Welcome to the power of remote patient monitoring, or RPM.
Remote patient monitoring is one type of telemedicine that has broad-reaching applications and impacts for many different types of healthcare specialties and facilities. Advocates for RPM monitoring programs cite its potential to help achieve the healthcare “triple aim”, through improving patient outcomes, improving access to care, and making healthcare systems more cost effective.
What is RPM and how does it work? Curious how your healthcare organization can incorporate it to solve challenges and accomplish strategic objectives? Read this month’s deep dive into the powerful telemedicine application of RPM today.Read More
Congratulations, you’ve decided to purchase a new car or a new computer and want to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Within seconds, a quick Google search will display dozens of websites detailing fair market prices for your intended purchase, reviews on the product, best businesses to buy from, and more. After taking a few hours to parse through the detailed information, you feel good knowing you’ve made a smart and informed decision on your new purchase.
Now let’s attempt this with a healthcare service, say an M.R.I. Seems impossible, right? Hospitals and physician offices typically don’t post prices and if you have insurance, you’re usually held captive to providers in-network and nobody wants to deal with insurance providers over the phone.
How come we know where to get the best deals on cars and computers, but can’t get the same information on our healthcare services? While price transparency is apparent in nearly all industries, the healthcare industry has a notoriously complicated pricing and payment model that makes transparency more difficult than most realize. Insurers, billing codes, negotiated contracts, and more, create the perfect storm for necessary individual-case-basis (ICB) pricing.
Why is healthcare pricing so complicated? Should we be pushing for price transparency or will the efforts create more harm than good? Let’s break down the pros, cons, and possible solutions for price transparency in health care in our March blog post of 2018.
February is School-Based Health Care Awareness Month and here at TeleQuality, we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to showcase how telehealth is revolutionizing school-based health care programs across our nation. Combining the power of school clinics, quality health care, and powerful 21st century technologies, telehealth in schools is changing the way health care is delivered to our newest generation of Americans.
Let’s break down how school-based health programs work, incorporating telehealth into the process, the benefits these programs provide to their students, and so much more in our 2nd blog post of 2018.Read More
Uber. Lyft. AirBNB. HomeAway. Grubhub. Postmates. Wag!
All of these ground-breaking apps disrupted their respective industries providing services straight to consumers with a new twist, with better customer service, and at a lower cost.
Some healthcare start-ups believe the future of health care lies in bringing back good old-fashioned doctor house calls, essentially bringing about the “Uberization” of the healthcare industry. But can on-demand health care that increases access and lowers costs truly work in our 21st century healthcare space? Let’s break down each side of the argument in our first blog post of 2018.Read More
2018 is less than one month away, are you prepared for network funding opportunities in the New Year?
With 2018 quickly approaching, it’s important for all rural healthcare IT teams across the country to not only analyze their current broadband networks and needs but make sure they’re aware and prepared for upcoming deadlines for various funding programs to help fund any telecom service changes.
As a service provider that exclusively serves rural healthcare, we at TeleQuality know just how critical funding programs and opportunities can be for those looking to maintain or upgrade their broadband and Internet services for EHR access, telehealth, and more.
Let’s breakdown requirements and deadlines for some of the top funding programs in our monthly blog post so you and your IT team can make the best funding decisions for your organization in 2018.Read More
As many of our regular blog readers know, broadband access is a hot topic we cover here at TeleQuality. In the past few months we’ve highlighted the significant challenges rural and remote areas of the United States face when trying to recruit telecom companies to expand high-speed broadband services to their communities; however, many times the business models of these ISPs simply can’t justify expanding into communities with a significant low profit margin risk.
One solution that has been controversially discussed in the telecom industry is the idea of municipal broadband, a.k.a. partial or fully-subsidized government broadband networks.
Advocates say it helps close the digital divide by bringing competition to the marketplace, while opponents say it puts tax payer money at severe risk and raises questions regarding the role of federal vs. state government in broadband. What’s the truth? Let’s break down both sides in our latest blog post so you can decide what side of the debate you fall under and if municipal broadband could potentially work for your community.Read More