I have been asked this question many times over the years but recently it seems to pop up a lot more. The answer is “of course”, but what you saw 5 years ago, 1 year ago, or yesterday may not be the form it will take in the future.
Telehealth has been used for over 60 years. Dating back to the 1960s when Nebraska Psychiatric Institute had a program and Massachusetts General Hospital performed video consults at Logan airport. I am not sure who can be given credit for first using telehealth but it certainly is everywhere now. The US may have more implementations than other countries, but I have seen some very impressive uses of remote monitoring and COVID19 management in the UK and Pakistan.
So – asking whether telehealth is here to stay is almost like asking is healthcare here to stay.
Yes – next question.
The world is facing its biggest health crisis in decades but one of the world’s most promising technologies — artificial intelligence (AI) – isn’t playing the major role some may have hoped for.
Using a designated kit ordered by a doctor, patients will be able to self-swab and mail their samples to LabCorp testing facilities. The self-collection kits will be available in “most states” in the coming weeks.
Telehealth reimbursement during the COVID-19 pandemic has increased rapidly compared with its previously slow uptake, but providers say they’re not being paid to the extent they are being promised — or anywhere close to the amounts they made with in-person visits. That’s partially due to a lack of clear information and inconsistent policies across the country’s patchwork of insurance plans.
U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-NY) recently made a bipartisan request that America’s senior citizens have expanded access to Medicare-covered telehealth services.
“Currently, Medicare only reimburses recipients for services conducted with audio and video equipment, excluding coverage of mental healthcare services provided over the phone,” Rep. Katko said on April 9. “With telehealth services being the only way millions of Americans have access to mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] immediately acts to expand coverage to audio-only telehealth services, ensuring all Medicare recipients have access to mental healthcare.”
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has adopted a new emergency rule relating to telemedicine and telehealth for physical medicine and rehabilitation services.
New 28 Texas Administrative Code §167.1 was adopted on an emergency basis became effective April 13, 2020.
Two of the biggest names in technology have formed an unprecedented partnership to introduce health data-sharing and COVID-19 contact-tracing technologies to the lion’s share of the smartphone market.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
The proposal would fully fund telehealth services and devices for eligible healthcare providers, although some aren’t pleased with its exclusion of for-profit hospitals.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is signing bills that expand the use of telemedicine into law.
The legislation was passed in the General Assembly before the coronavirus outbreak led to executive orders that resulted in current restrictions on businesses, the closure of schools and the most recent stay-at-home order.