Telehealth Thought Leaders Address the Field’s Toughest Barriers in iHealthBeat Audio Report
Mario Gutierrez joined iHealthBeat and other leading telehealth supporters for a thoughtful discussion on the barriers that keep telehealth from providing the best possible care. The audio report and PDF transcript of the report can be found here.
Reporting on Health: In a World of Scarce Providers, What’s Stopping Telehealth?
What is stopping telehealth: is it policy barriers, absent guidelines, a lack of commitment from the health care system, or something else? Erica Mu’s article to explore this question features an interview with CCHP executive director Mario Gutierrez, as well as quotes from his presentation at the AHCJ Rural Health Journalism Workshop. Read on here.
TRC Consortium Responds to FSMB Model Guidelines
The "Federation of State Medical Boards Model Telemedicine Guidelines" fact sheet, another collaborative effort of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, reviews the FSMB's SMART Workgroup's suggestions for telehealth concepts, principles, and definitions that California and other individual states may choose to utilize.
New Standards of Practice for California Occupational Therapists
The California Board of Occupational Therapy's "Standards of Practice for Telehealth," effective April 1st, will:
- Clarify regulations for telehealth-delivered services that occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are already expected to adhere to during in-person services;
- Direct occupational therapists to determine whether an in-person evaluation or intervention is necessary prior to providing telehealth-delivered services.
CCHP's fact sheet offers an overview of the new standards of practices, and an analysis of the expected impacts on telehealth.