2017 Second Quarter Newsletter

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth 2nd Quarter Newsletter 2017

 

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Second Quarter Newsletter

 

 

TeleHealth: The Innovative Edge of Everything

 

In This Issue
Welcome New Partners: 
 
Habersham Medical Center –  Demorest, GA
Tift Regional Medical – Cardiology, Tifton, GA
Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Community Health Care System, Twiggs County
Southern Regional Technical College, Thomasville, GA
Southern Regional Technical College, Tifton, GA
South Georgia Primary Care, Alma, GA
Avita Community Partners, Demorest, GA
Community Health Care System, Wilkinson County
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

 

Top Docs Radio

 

In January of this year, Forbes magazine ran an article that asked the question: Will 2017 Be the Year of Telemedicine? 
 
The field is exploding with interest, yet a gap exists between “talking about” vs. “actually providing” telemedicine services. Recently, 74% of patients surveyed said they would be open to a virtual telemedicine encounter, yet only 15% of healthcare providers had used telemedicine.  Join telemedicine industry expert, Rena Brewer, CEO of the Global Partnership for Telehealth to learn what is happening in this rapidly developing arena.

 

Listen to the Interview below from Top Docs Radio. 

 

 

Georgia Partnership For Telehealth and Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center attended the Annual American Telemedicine Association Conference in Orlando April 23-25.
Jennifer Murphy, Appling County SBHC Coordinator; 
Sally Luke, Atkinson County SBHC Coordinator; Sherrie Willams, COO, GPT; 
Lloyd Sirmons, Director, SETRC; Rena Brewer, CEO, GPT; Jared Johnson, CTO, GPT
 
Daniel Louder, NETRC; Jennifer Murphy, Appling County SBHC Coordinator; 
Sherrie Willams, COO, GPT; Lloyd Sirmons, Director, SETRC; 
Jonathan Neufeld, gpTRCAC; Sally Luke, Atkinson County SBHC Coordinator
 

 

 Rena Brewer, CEO, GPT; Kathy Chorba, Director, California Telehealth Resource Center; Mario Gutierrez, Director, Center for Connected Health Policy
 

 

Leading Age California is the state’s leading advocate for quality senior living and care. Global Partnership For Telehealth was honored to participate in the Leading Age 2017 conference in Monterey, CA.  Rena Brewer, Sherrie Williams, and Tommy Miller educated the audience about the nuts and bolts of telehealth and provided a live demonstration of the technology capabilities.

 

 

 

 

MEET OUR TEAM…

 

GPT Employee Spotlight: 

Q & A with 

Loren Nix

 

A Telehealth Liaison—-Q & A with Loren Nix, Director of School-Based Telehealth
Loren Nix of Nashville, Georgia is the Director of School-Based Telehealth for GPT. She dedicates her time caring for around 100 schools in Georgia and another 30 in Tennessee. Loren works with school nurses, telehealth coordinators, school administrators, and healthcare providers across Georgia and Tennessee to develop, implement, and successfully run school-based telehealth programs. She works alongside GPT account managers to provide any necessary service to ensure each partner’s success.

 

What do you see as a challenge in your work?
Navigating through the educational landscape regarding health issues and subsequent programs is always a challenge. Having worked for many years as a school nurse in a school system, I try to bridge education and healthcare, helping schools realize the value of satisfying both academic and health needs of students through telehealth services.

 

Are you seeing an increase in telehealth visits?
School-based telehealth across the region has grown exponentially over the past 3 years. I only see this trend continuing as word spreads and more school systems realize the importance of telehealth on their campuses.
Name an example of a patient visit that was interesting to you.
As a school nurse doing telehealth a few years ago, I could share story after story of kids and families who were positively impacted because of telehealth in my school. Now, as an employee of GPT who is helping other school nurses accomplish telehealth visits in their clinics, I hear stories of student success that span across our state! Whether providing acute care, specialty care, or behavioral health, school-based telehealth clinics are making a difference in our schools and in our communities!
What is rewarding in your job?
There is no greater reward than seeing students receive timely, convenient, and appropriate healthcare right in the school nurses’ clinics! Working with awesome school nurses who are willing to go “the extra mile” to make sure their students get the care they deserve is also extremely rewarding!
What do you see as benefits of School-based Telehealth?

School-based telehealth allows kids to be quickly, conveniently, and appropriately diagnosed and treated by a healthcare provider, keeping kids healthy, keeping kids in school, and keeping parents at work.

 

 

GPT Board Member Spotlight:
Dr. Jack Chapman

 

Dr. Jack Chapman, MD is an ophthalmologist who practices in Gainesville, Georgia. Dr. Chapman has been practicing for 29 years and is affiliated with Habersham Medical Center and Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Dr. Chapman is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Chemistry and of the Medical College of Georgia where he received his MD. Dr. Chapman resides in Gainesville with his wife, Leslie and son, Jack III.

GPT appreciates Dr. Chapman’s dedication and guidance that he provides serving on the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Team 
Cecilia Land, PT 
 
GPT is delighted to welcome Cecilia Land to our team. Cecilia will serve as the Account Manager for GPT’s Alabama, Southwest Georgia,  and Northwest Florida partners. 
 
Cecilia has many years of teleheath experience in the clinical setting, especially with tele-stroke.  Cecilia resides in Dothan with her husband, her daughter, and two sons.  Please join GPT  in welcoming Cecilia!

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

Federal Telemedicine News: Wireless Broadband for Emergencies
The Department of Commerce www.commerce.gov and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) www.firstnet.gov an independent government authority, have selected AT&T www.att.com to build and manage the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to police, firefighters, and emergency medical services. (Read More)

 

Georgia Health News: Celebration and frustration as legislative session closes
The legislation will make a difference in the lives of thousands of Georgians who have little to no access to preventive dental care now (Read More)

 

Georgia Department of Community Health Telemedicine Guidance (effective 4/1/17) 
The Department of Community Health (DCH) Telemedicine and Telehealth policies aim to improve and increase access and efficiency to health care services by enabling medical services to be delivered via telemedicine methods in Georgia.
Like to review these guidelines? Download the document here.

 

Ask the SETRC Experts…

www.setrc.us

 

 

Question:

 

I have recently heard something about a place of service (POS) code of 02 when billing for a telemedicine consult.  Is this something new?

 

Answer:
 
Yes.  CR 9726 updates the Place of Service (POS) code set by creating a new code (POS 02) for Telehealth services, effective January 1, 2017. When submitting a bill for a telemedicine consult you now have to use 02 for the POS.  Modifiers GT (via interactive audio and video telecommunications systems) and GQ (via an asynchronous telecommunications system) are still required when billing for Medicare Telehealth services. If you bill for Telehealth services with POS code 02, but without the GT or GQ modifier, your MAC will deny the service.  Conversely, if you bill for Telehealth services with modifiers GT or GQ, but without POS code 02, your MAC will deny the service with the following messages: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM9726.pdf

 

If you have a question you would like answered, please contact Lloyd Sirmons, Director, at lloyd.sirmons@setrc.us.

 

 

 

Sign up for the Certified Telemedicine Clinical Presenter or Certified Telehealth Coordinator today by visiting the National School of Applied TeleHealth: NSAT Website

 

 

The Southeastern TeleHealth Resource Center serves as a resource to health care providers, health systems, clinics, long term care facilities, schools, government agencies and others interested in providing telehealth services for the rural and underserved in the region. SETRC’s coverage area includes Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia and is operated by Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc., Georgia’s successful nonprofit statewide telehealth network.
(Grant #G22RH20212-04-00)
For More Information Visit:  www.setrc.us