Opportunities and Obstacles in Rural Telehealth

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The health care workforce in rural America is stretched to its limits. Compared to non-rural areas of the country, only about 11 percent of the nation’s physicians work in rural areas, despite nearly 20 percent of Americans living there. Moreover, physicians providing care in rural areas often serve large geographic areas that require long travel times. These areas may be substantially underserved by hospitals and other health care facilities.

States are increasingly turning to telehealth networks as a solution to this problem. Telehealth—or the use of technology to deliver health care, health information or health education at a distance—has emerged as a cost-effective, high quality alternative to traditional face-to-face appointments between provider and patient.

Forty-two states provide some form of Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth services, and 15 states require private insurance plans to cover them. In addition to patient care, telehealth technology is also used to further educate and increase the capacity of rural primary care providers by connecting them with specialists located in other cities or states.

This webinar will feature presentations from national telehealth experts who will discuss advances states have made in recent years to expand access to telehealth services in rural areas and what challenges still lie ahead for state policymakers.. 

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