Cuts to Broadband Subsidies Threaten Rural Health

As a result of the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Health Program reaching its annual $400 million funding cap for the first time in 2016, the program administrator announced it would significantly reduce subsidies to participants in 2017. This reduction in program subsidies, which help rural facilities pay for high-speed broadband … Continued

OCHIN Collaborates with Carequality, LifeWorks Northwest, and Netsmart to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes

As part of efforts to integrate behavioral and physical health care, OCHIN and LifeWorks Northwest have partnered to enhance data sharing across the greater community of provider networks through the Carequality interoperability framework, powered by the Netsmart network. The advanced partnership strengthens Oregon-based behavioral health care providers’ ability to securely … Continued

OCHIN Submits Comments to SAMHSA on 42 CFR Part 2

OCHIN has submitted the following comments to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about 42 CFR Part 2, a federal rule concerning the confidentiality of patient records related to substance use disorder: OCHIN appreciates SAMHSA’s clarifications in the recent rule for billing and operational purposes since this … Continued

FCC Takes Action to Increase Funding for Rural Health Care Program

We are pleased to announce that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken action to increase funding for the Rural Health Care program for the current funding year, which began July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018. In addition, the FCC will be seeking public comment on potentially increasing … Continued

OCHIN Researchers Look Forward to NAPCRG 2017 Annual Meeting

The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) hosts their 45th Annual Meeting this weekend. They anticipate that over 900 primary care researchers will meet for five days in beautiful Montreal, Quebec to discuss the latest in the field. OCHIN is proud to have a strong presence this year with … Continued

HRSA Awards $200 Million to Health Centers Nationwide

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $200 million in supplemental funding to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental … Continued

California Telehealth Network Is Awarded a Three-Year HRSA Grant

SACRAMENTO, CA, August 15, 2017 — The California Telehealth Network (CTN), the state’s leading telehealth resource organization, announced it has received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant award for $975,000 over a three-year period (September 2017 through August 2020). This grant (G22RH30349) supports the work done by the … Continued

President Trump Signals Administration Support for Telehealth Services

President Trump signaled his administration’s support for telehealth services during a live telehealth demonstration on August 3, at which the Department of Veterans Affairs announced its expansion of telehealth services to improve access to high quality health care for veterans, no matter where they are. Watch a video of the … Continued