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AFRO-NETS> RFI: Telehealth in Rural Areas
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> RFI: Telehealth in Rural Areas
- From: "B. Hudnall Stamm" <bhstamm@ISU.EDU>
- Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 03:10:39 -0500 (EST)
RFI: Telehealth in Rural Areas
Please forgive any cross postings, but I am trying to get information
I have been asked to present at the Capital Area Rural Health Round-
table, which is a symposium for Congress persons and health staffers.
I have 15 minutes to make my presentation, which is followed by a
panel discussion. For more information, you can find the Roundtable
Now, for your assistance please! I am going to try to make points
about the use of telehealth to support quality (or any) care in rural
areas, training, supporting providers in remote areas, and the impor-
tance of interdisciplinary work. I would like to have suggestions
from you regarding what policy points you think I should make (remem-
ber, Congress is really pragmatic, they want to know what they can
Of course, I will discuss the issues of some types of mental health
care providers not qualifying for telehealth reimbursement as provid-
ers under HCFA's interpretation of BBA 97. I also had planned, even
before President Clinton's announcement yesterday, to talk about the
Digital Divide for the rural and underserved. Finally, I plan to ad-
dress the importance of appropriations for mental health training un-
der GME and National Health Service Corps.
I would also love to have any stories (brief) that you would be will-
ing to share with me that illustrate the special characteristics of
working with telehealth or in rural areas or with isolated providers.
Thanks in advance!
B. Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor Rural-Care
& Asst Director of Rural Health Studies
Pocatello, ID 83209, USA
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