When it comes to reimbursement for telehealth and mobile health services, the details matter. As technology broadens the reach of care coverage for healthcare providers, refined considerations are coming into play for those who expect to get paid.
Google's recent announcement that it will provide telemedicine services was the crescendo to a swelling volume of recent interest. Telemedicine has been around for a generation. Why is this happening now? The new driving force is the rebirth of relationship medicine.
Pointing to a need to increase access to health care in areas such as rural communities, a bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders Tuesday expressed confidence they will reach agreement this year on a plan to boost the use of telemedicine in Florida.
Delivering care via video or smartphone is very different from being in the same room with the patient. It requires a skillset that some doctors don't have (and may never get). Here's what some telehealth providers are doing to make sure their docs are doing it right.
Patients appreciate the convenience of telehealth, while payers value its potential to help patients access care in more appropriate, and often less expensive, settings and doctors appreciate the simplicity of the business model.
The Federation of State Medical Boards, composed of agencies across the country that license and regulate the medical profession, is crafting a legally binding interstate compact that would promote the use of telemedicine by simplifying the licensing process for doctors who want to practice in multiple states. â€œThe compact would make it easier for physicians to get a license to practice in multiple states and would strengthen public protection because it would help state's share disciplinary information that they cannot share now,â€ Mari E. Robinson, executive director of the Texas Medical Board, told the New York Times. Some health care providers are already acting to fill the gaps and are using video technology to connect patients in rural communities with emergency medicine doctors at remote locations, Express-News medical writer Peggy O'Hare reported.
The pool of entrepreneurs in the race to offer mobile health consulting is growing larger by the day. With telemedicine, users have the power of accessibility in their hands with apps such as TouchCare and iBluebutton (see below). While the concept of telemedicine isn’t new, having the accessibility to one’s doctor is. Here are seven ways telemedicine changes the healthcare landscape—for the better:
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