The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center will expand telehealth capacity and usage in Texas and Louisiana to improve health care access, quality, and outcomes.
The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center will be the trusted advisor and resource for the adoption, implementation, and effective use of telehealth resources.
Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, which is part of the Office of Rural Health Policy.
Nationally, there are a total of 15 TRCs which include 12 Regional Centers, all with different strengths and regional expertise, and 3 National Centers, one focusing on Technology Assessment, one on Telehealth Policy and one providing technical assistance regarding State policies affecting the use and deployment of telehealth services. TRC's have a mission to serve as a focal point for advancing the effective use of telehealth and support access to telehealth services in rural and underserved communities.
The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center is a federally funded program designed to provide technical assistance and resources to new and existing Telehealth programs throughout Texas and Louisiana. The TexLa TRC will continually evaluate Telehealth programs in these two states for effective delivery of Telehealth services, efficiency, sustainability, and patient satisfaction. We will also develop an interactive hands-on training center to provide guidance in Telehealth planning, implementation, management, and sustainability. We aim to educate policy makers about legislative and regulatory barriers to the use of Telehealth in Texas and Louisiana and work to improve reimbursement for Telehealth services with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and third party payers. Collaboration with the other regional Telehealth Resource Centers is ongoing… to share resources as well as lessons learned to help promote best practices in Telehealth across the United States.