Overview

California’s CCHCs have long utilized a variety of telehealth tools to deliver care to their patients. Telehealth provides an efficient means to connect patients and providers, patients to health equipment monitored by health care providers, providers to learning opportunities, and general connectivity.

 

Quality Improvement & Technology Summit

CPCA's 2015 QI & Technology Summit (formerly known as the PCHH/HIT Conference) is designed to disseminate best practices and share innovative projects that directly support health information technology implementation and practice transformation efforts. This event will feature separate sessions for Quality Improvement and Technology attendees, as well as general keynote speakers, covering important topics including PCMH recognition, Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, data collection and analytics, and strategic use of technology to support overall practice effectiveness.

February 18-19, 2015 - Click here for more Information!

Current Advocacy

California Telehealth Network

CPCA is a member of the California Telehealth Network (CTN) Board. The CTN is the product of an unprecedented statewide coalition of healthcare, technology, government, and other stakeholders, that drafted a proposal in spring 2007 to the Federal Communications Commission. Under the FCC's Rural Health Care Pilot Program - with the goal of significantly increasing access to acute, primary and preventive health care in rural America - the FCC will provide California with up to $22.1 million over three years. Additional funds for the CTN have been provided by the California Emerging Technology Fund and UnitedHealth/PacifiCare.

The CTN project intends to leverage and build upon California's historic and recent investments in telehealth. In recent years, a number of exciting initiatives have been launched in California to advance the use of telecommunications and health care technology. Significant among these are Governor Schwarzenegger's Health Information Technology (HIT) Executive Order (S-12-06, signed July 2006), which allocated $240 million to achieve full information exchange between health care providers and stakeholders within ten years, and his Broadband Executive Order (S-23-06, signed November 2006), which established a broadband task force to promote broadband access and usage. Also important are efforts of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), California's Telemedicine & eHealth Center's regional eHealth networks, the California Teleconnect Fund (administered by the California Public Utilities Commission), and the University of California's Proposition 1D funding.

California Telehealth Network Power Point Presentation: Provides an overview of the project, partners, technical components, and the different between the pilot program and the traditional USAC program.

 

Telemedicine FQHC/RHC Frequently Asked Questions

CPCA created a FAQ on telemedicine billing that was reviewed by the Department of Health Care Services.

To view the FAQ, click here. (members only)

 

Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative

CPCA provided consultation at the request of the Center for Connected Health Policy on the formation of their Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative. Through a Center for Connected Health Policy supported “laboratory”, UC specialists will provide specialty consultation services to primary care providers in safety net clinics. The laboratory environment will provide the following:

  • Access to Specialty Care: The CCHP will purchase specialty clinic time for telemedicine consultation from the University of California for the exclusive use of the SCSNI designated clinics. As a result, clinic participants will receive increased access to specialty care provided via telemedicine and telehealth technologies in the following: Endocrinology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Hepatology, non-surgical Orthopedics, and Dermatology.
  • Technical Support: The CCHP has contracted with a technical support consultant to provide user and patient presentation training and troubleshooting assistance for project implementation and throughout the duration of the project.
  • Access to CME: Up to 45 Continuing Medical Education sessions will be tailored to the needs of the SCSNI clinics, and provided via web-based on-demand video streaming in the above mentioned specialty areas.
  • Participation in a Statewide Effort to analyze policy and scope of practice impediments to wide spread telehealth adoption by primary and specialty care sites.

For more information, visit the CCHP site.

In 2012, California's Center for Connected Health Policy became the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, which provides technical assistance to 12 Regional Telehealth Resource Centers nationwide.

Recently, CCHP completed an analysis of all Medicaid policies related to telehealth across 50 states and the District of Columbia. At its website at www.telehealthpolicy.us, visitors can click on the "reimbursement" button and get the latest on related proposals and policies in each state.

"We used a variety of research tools, as well as just getting it the old-fashioned way of digging into all the Medicaid manuals and finding any reference to telehealth," says Mario Gutierrez, CCHP executive director. "We've vetted it with our regional partners to make sure that it's all accurate, and so far, we were able to refine the language to make it as accurate as possible."

But because states keep updating their telehealth and remote patient monitoring laws and policies, the work is ongoing. As reimbursement incentives turn more to value-based care, organizations must keep up with these changes as well. "You just can't overlay telehealth and the technology of telehealth onto an existing practice unless there's a thorough analysis of how that practice is organized and engineered in a way that it takes advantage of telehealth," Gutierrez says.

Please click here for more information.

Resources

CPCA Documents

 

Training Resources

New Opportunities in Telehealth Delivery Webinar

Date: February 14, 2012

Description: Telehealth offers opportunities to provide expanded services to patients in faster, more cost effective ways. With the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 (AB 415) becoming law Jan. 1, it's now easier to take advantage of innovative telehealth solutions.  Representatives from the Center for Connected Health Policy describe how this new law can help you integrate telehealth into your operations.

Please click here to view a pdf version of the PowerPoint slides (pdf, 3.6 MB).

Support documents:

The majority of the online eHealth courses are now available online.  Organizations interested in furthering eHealth adoption and promoting technology-enabled health care will find the curriculum timely and relevant for members and constituents.  The below listed promotional materials can be used to increase awareness about the training program.

eHealth Training Flyer:  eHealth partners indicated an interest in distributing information flyers about the training project at relevant association meetings and conferences. This one-page flyer can be used to make copies for distribution.

eHealth Training Slides:  PowerPoint slides that can be incorporated into talks or presentations.  The notes section of the slides provides more detailed information regarding partners and course content.
 

 

Websites

 California Telemedicine and EHealth Center

 

Publications

 California Telehealth Network Overview- June 11, 2010

 

CPCA Staff Contact

If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact Ben Avey, Associate Director of Policy, at bavey@cpca.org.

 


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