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CS1-07 - Telehealth in Federally Qualified Health Centers

Sunday, April 29
2:30 PM - 2:39 PM
Location: Innovation Zone, Booth 434

HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care recently added telehealth-related questions to the Uniform Data Set that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) annually report. Each of 1400 FQHCs were asked:
• Are you using telehealth?
• If yes, how are you using telehealth?
• If not, why not?

The results showed that almost 40% of FQHCs use telehealth and 20% more are either planning to implement or are researching the use of telehealth. Mental health is the most common service. A few FQHCs reported they had stopped using telehealth. This presentation will examine the results for users and non-users in the context of rurality, state, service types or other characteristics. Reasons for non-use such as technology, reimbursement, regulations or other issues will be addressed.

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William L. England

Director
Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA

William England is director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA. Bill joined OAT in 2016. He started work in telehealth at CMS/Medicare, followed by 15 years as Director and Vice President of the FCC/USAC Rural Health Care Program. He is a Fellow and former Director of the American Telemedicine Association. Prior to telehealth, Bill was an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Robert Wood Johnson Healthcare Financing Fellow and a biomedical engineer at Indiana University Health (Regenstrief Institute) in Indianapolis. He has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a law degree from the University of Maryland.

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Stephanie Begley

Public Health Advisor
Health Resources and Services Administration

Stephanie Begley is a Public Health Advisor at the Health Resources and Services Administration, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. She currently works on the Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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