"I want to share my appreciation for the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant awards in 2011, 2016, and most recently the 2018 Telehealth Equipment Funding for
"The service area is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state and is comprised of rugged terrain composed of soaring mountains and verdant valleys.
1) Access to Health Care Providers and Services
3) Behavioral Health Treatment (Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment)
"To meet these needs,
"Telemedicine helps us to increase our access points for services. When it is easier to access care, patients are more likely to receive the services they need to manage their health.As of
"This includes all services, providers and locations and the value of a telehealth encounter is equivalent to a traditional in-person encounter unless the payer and provider have negotiated a reduced payment rate.In my personal opinion, telehealth is part of the answer to our primary care physician shortage in the rural underdeveloped areas of our country. I'm grateful for the opportunity to partner with the USDA DLT program. And, I'm committed to the success of this program that will improve the health care outcomes of your constituents that are our patients."