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March 2020

Palmetto Care Connections Names Technology Analyst

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BAMBERG, SC—Palmetto Care Connections (PCC) Chief Executive Officer Kathy Schwarting announces that Ethan Kemp has joined PCC as technology analyst.

In his position, Kemp assists in maintaining the inventory and database for South Carolina’s Health Care Broadband Consortium led by PCC. The consortium helps eligible health care providers receive significant savings on broadband, internet and telehealth equipment through federal subsidies. Kemp also assists providers in establishing telehealth programs by installing, configuring and maintaining telehealth equipment in medical practices.

Kemp began working at PCC as a technology analyst intern in the summer of 2017 while he attended the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree with double majors in business management and marketing at USC in May 2018. He is currently studying health administration at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health and plans to graduate with a Master of Health Administration degree in May 2020.

“Ethan has been interested in rural health care and technology for several years,” said Schwarting. “Growing up in Bamberg, Ethan has experienced the benefits and challenges of living and working in a rural area first- hand. His education and experience are very valuable as Palmetto Care Connections continues to grow telemedicine throughout the rural and underserved areas of our state. We are extremely fortunate to have him on the team.”

Kemp’s previous experience includes public works intern at Bamberg Board of Public Works in Bamberg, S.C. and production intern at Hughes Farms in Clear Pond, S.C.

He is a South Carolina Life Scholarship recipient, a Dean’s List student and a Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity nominee.

Established in 2010, PCC is a non-profit organization that provides technology, broadband, and telehealth support services to health care providers in rural and underserved areas in S.C. PCC leads South Carolina’s broadband consortium which facilitates broadband connections throughout the state. PCC co-chairs the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, along with the Medical University of South Carolina, partnering with health care organizations and providers to improve health care access and delivery for all South Carolinians.

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CARES Act Expands Telehealth Coverage for Medicare, FQHCs and the VA

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-mHealth Intelligence

“The $2 trillion Coronavirus relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump last week includes several telehealth provisions, included more relaxed guidelines for Medicare coverage and new allowances for connected health at federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), rural health clinics (RHCs) and hospices.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (HR 748), the third bill aimed at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, also reauthorizes the Health and Resource Service Administration’s Telehealth Resource Center grant programs at $29 million a year through 2025, boosts support for expanded broadband services, encourages the use of remote patient monitoring for home health services in Medicare, and funds new telehealth initiatives for the Indian Health Services and Department of Veterans Affairs.”

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FREE Online Screenings for COVID-19

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Several health systems in South Carolina are offering free virtual screenings for the coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are experiencing fever, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath, you can have a virtual screen with a trained medical professional. This will allow our community to receive a screening for COVID-19 and the appropriate care without exposing themselves or others to further sickness. This will help us to prevent the spread of infection.


8th Annual Telehealth Summit POSTPONED

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As of March 12 after much thought and deliberation, PCC has decided to postpone the 8th Annual Telehealth Summit, scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2020 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

In light of daily national and statewide developments and the increasing risk of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Palmetto Care Connections has postponed the conference to protect the safety of the Summit speakers, partners, colleagues, sponsors and attendees.

We are happy to announce that we have two potential dates in September that are being considered for rescheduling the Summit. We will announce the new date next week as soon as it is confirmed. For convenience, Summit registration will be automatically transferred to the new date.

We hope that your schedule will allow you to join us as an attendee on the new Summit dates. As we continue to work through the details of rescheduling, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to be vigilant about safety precautions, especially hand hygiene.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have questions about your registration or participation in the 2020 Telehealth Summit, please contact us at [email protected] or 803-245-2672.