Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced recipients for the DSHII grant awards, totaling over $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers across 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These grants will “support health information technology enhancements to accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care, improve efforts to share and use information to support better decisions, and increase engagement in delivery system transformation.”
TeleQuality is thrilled to announce many of our health center customers are recipients of this grant! Congratulations to:
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center– Olympia Fields, IL: $108,004
Cabun Rural Health Services– Hampton, AR: $49,804
Cahaba Medical Care Foundation– Centreville, AL: $46,631
Capstone Rural Health Center– Parrish, AL: $45,971
Claiborne County Family Health Center- Port Gibson, MS: $45,450
Catahoula Parish Hospital District- Sicily Island, LA: $56,276
Community Health Centers of South Central Texas– Gonzales, TX: $69,189
Clay-Battelle Health Services Association– Blacksville, WV: $45,943
Dr. Arenia C. Mallory Community Health Center, Inc.– Lexington, MS: $49,261
East Arkansas Family Health Center– West Memphis, AR: $61,401
Family Health Center– Laurel, MS: $54,175
Frontera Healthcare Network– Eden, TX: $48,788
Hardeman County Community Health Center– Bolivar, TN: $53,040
Health West, Inc.– Pocatello, ID: $64,735
Hill Country Community Clinic– Round Mountain, CA: $46,403
Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.– Fayette, MS: $54,892
Lee County Cooperative Clinic– Marianna, AR: $45,000
Las Clinicas del Norte– El Rito, NM: $51, 893
Long Valley Health Center– Laytonville, CA: $44,010
Mainline Health Systems– Dermott, AR: $56,541
Mendocino Coast Clinics– Fort Bragg, CA: $55,474
North Mississippi Primary Health Care, Inc.- Ashland, MS: $54,920
North Country Healthcare– Flagstaff, AZ: $101,454
Outreach Health Services– Shubuta, MS: $50,875
Omni Family Health– Bakersfield, CA: $141,904
Quality of Life Health Services– Gadsden, AL: $166,559
Rural Health Care, Inc./Azalea Health– Palatka, FL: $94,896
Rural Health Medical Program– Selma, AL: $55,835
St. George Medical Clinic– Parsons, WV: $43,415
Shingletown Medical Center– Shingletown, CA: $42,446
Vida Y Salud Healthcare System– Crystal City, TX: $49,110
Valley-Wide Health Systems– Alamosa, CO: $84,517
TeleQuality is very proud of our healthcare customers and honored to be doing business with these outstanding healthcare organizations who continually strive to provide the highest quality and level of care for patients, no matter how rural their location.
To view the official HHS press release, click here. To view the complete list of award recipients, click here.
It’s no secret that the healthcare industry has gone through rapid changes over the past couple of years, let alone the last few decades. From the introduction and emergence of electronic health records (EHR) and health information technology (HIT) to HIPAA regulations and compliance standards, the healthcare sector is a fluid, constantly evolving industry always working toward improving quality of care for patients; however, as in all industries, change does not come without a number of problems and issues.
At TeleQuality, healthcare is the only market we serve; therefore, we recognize the importance of understanding the issues and challenges our rural healthcare partners are facing and try to find solutions for those challenges. Based on extensive industry research and customer feedback, we’ve developed this blogging series where we will delve into-
The Big Five: Top Issues Putting Healthcare Providers into Financial Crisis
- Payments Based on Value & Quality
- Healthcare Workforce Deficits
- Limited Access to Health Care
- Chronic Care Management
- Cyber Security & Patient Data Breaches
Let’s break down the first topic today: the shift from volume to value-based care.
We’ve had another amazing quarter here at TeleQuality Communications as we celebrate multiple new employees and/or internal promotions in this post! Read up on the our newest additions below #TQnewhires
Rick Basse- Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Rick joins TeleQuality as our new CFO overseeing the accounting and finance teams and activities of the organization. He has held a wide variety of accounting and finance roles for the last 33 years and holds a CPA/Six Sigma. Welcome Rick!
Surprising Fact: “I love to ride extreme roller coasters.”
Who would you like to play you in a Hollywood film? Liam Neeson
Favorite Quote: “Our light and temporary troubles are achieving us an eternal glory that far outweigh them all.”
Corrine Benish- Executive Assistant
TeleQuality welcomes Corrine as the new Executive Assistant providing support to the executive management team at TeleQuality including the CEO, Tim Koxlien. With experience supporting a variety of CEOs and corporate executives over the years and 15 years experience as an Account Executive in the credit reporting industry, Corrine brings a wealth of knowledge to the TeleQuality team. Welcome Corrine!
What attracted you to work for TeleQuality? The people at TQ as well as the company’s values and mission- it is so rewarding to work for a company that does so much good!
Who would you like to play you in a Hollywood film? Meg Ryan (before her unflattering plastic surgery)
Favorite Quote: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” -Winston Churchill
Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 community health centers across 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These grants will assist the centers in increasing access to integrated oral health care services and improving oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.
TeleQuality is thrilled to announce nine of our health center customers are recipients of this grant! Congratulations to:
- East Arkansas Family Health Center: West Memphis, AR- $350,000
- Health West, Inc.: Pocatello, ID- $350,000
- Las Clinicas del Norte: El Rito, NM- $350,000
- Valley-Wide Health Systems: Alamosa, CO- $525,000
- Cahaba Medical Care Foundation: Centreville, AL- $350,000
- Quality of Life Services, Inc.: Gadsden, AL- $350,000
- Rural Health Care, Inc./Azalea Health: Palatka, FL- $350,000
- St. George Medical Clinic: Parsons, WV- $350,000
- Monroe Health Center: Union, WV- $184,496
We are honored to be doing business with these outstanding healthcare centers who continually strive to provide the highest quality and level of care for patients, no matter how rural their location.
Join us in saying, congratulations!
To view the official HHS press release, click here. To view the complete list of award recipients, click here.
Our employees are truly what makes TeleQuality a fun and challenging place to work at, and we are proud to introduce you to our newest additions! 2016 Q1 has been a busy quarter here at TeleQuality as we’ve officially hired SIX new employees at our main office in San Antonio!
Read below to get to know each of TeleQuality’s latest team members.
Anne Lehman- Human Resources Manager
Anne joins TeleQuality as the new Human Resources Manager! Due to TeleQuality’s rapidly growing work force, Anne will have a big task ahead of her in keeping the TQ teams staffed while maintaining many other HR duties including recruitment, on-boarding and training. With more than 15 years in HR management and leadership, TeleQuality is thrilled to have Anne leading our corporate staffing and development. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of West Florida. Welcome Anne!
- Surprising Fact-“I can drive a standard transmission. For some reason, people are surprised by that.”
- Interests Outside of Work– “My family, cooking and travel.”
- Favorite Quote– “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison
Dan Kaluzny– Director of Operations
TeleQuality welcomes Dan as our new Director of Operations! Dan is in charge of all aspects of the operations team and leading the continuous improvement of TeleQuality’s products and services throughout the entire business operation. Dan works with leading our teams who provide an exceptional experience to our customers and ensures that all our internal procedures thoroughly support the needs of our customers. Dan will be very busy overseeing broadband network installations, financial and funding operations, and customer satisfaction and support for network issues. Dan comes to TeleQuality with over 30 years of experience in telecom and technology leadership ranging from start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Dan received a bachelor of science in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy. With a wealth of knowledge on operational leadership, we are very excited to welcome Dan to TQ!
- What Attracted You to TeleQuality– “This company has an amazing mission – to help people in rural areas have access to the best in healthcare. Think of it, the services we provide our customers help people lead healthier lives and, in some cases, remain alive because they now enjoy a much higher level of medical services. That mission made me really want to be part of this company.”
- Interests Outside of Work– “Writing, attending airshows and watching the Green Bay Packers compete to add to their record number of NFL championships.”
- Surprising Fact– “I’m an author of a book on leadership for young people.”
The Ponemon Institute sets $363 as the value of a single stolen health record on the black market. In fact, medical information is worth 10 times more than a credit card number.
While it’s true businesses across all industries are being threatened increasingly by cyber crime and hackers, none is being attacked as much as the healthcare industry.
Healthcare companies experienced a 72 percent increase in cyber attacks between 2013 and 2014, and in 2015 there were 253 breaches affecting 500 individuals or more with a combined loss of more than 112 million records, according to a report by the Aberdeen Group and OCR.
Security experts say cyber criminals are targeting the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry because many of these organizations still rely on aging computer systems that do not use the latest security features.
Network Improvements Provided by TeleQuality Accelerate Primary Care Services Delivery
PARSONS, West Virginia (Nov. 11, 2015) — St. George Medical Clinic, in partnership with TeleQuality Communications and with financial assistance provided by the Universal Service Fund (USF), has completed a major upgrade to the clinic’s connectivity by installing fiber optic cables to increase their remote broadband speeds nearly fifteen times, allowing accelerated primary care services delivery to patients in Parsons, WV.
“Our rural West Virginian patients count on St. George Medical Clinic to provide the best in primary patient care; therefore, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the quality of our care by embracing emerging technologies,” said St. George CEO and Executive Director Paul Wamsley. “This fiber optic upgrade will tremendously improve our ability to provide reliable, effective healthcare to our community by freeing up more time for our healthcare providers to spend with patients.”