While roughly two in three American adult consumers say they would be willing to receive care via telehealth services, just 8% report having ever having a video visit with a doctor, according to survey data from telehealth American Well published yesterday in a white paper.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is continuing its slow-but-steady move toward Medicare coverage for remote patient monitoring with two changes in the proposed 2020 Physician Fee Schedule that may open the door to more mHealth reimbursement.
Amerigroup Texas is now offering Medicaid consumers the option to access medical and behavioral healthcare providers through telehealth visits at no cost. On Aug. 1, Amerigroup Texas launched a new Medicaid benefit that allows eligible consumers to log into LiveHealth Online through a smartphone, tablet or computer that has a webcam, to visit with board-certified doctors, licensed therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Also, because this telehealth option is being extended as a benefit, eligible Amerigroup Medicaid consumers do not pay a fee to see healthcare providers via LiveHealth Online.
Telemedicine is a revolutionary bridge to equalize the mismatched Physician Density between urban and rural areas. It enables implementation of WHO recommended the ratio of 1 doctor to 1000 patients. The countries with a growing population and large geographic perimeter are finding Telemedicine as a first-choice solution to improve access to care, make healthcare affordable, lower volume and capacity issues while enhancing the quality of healthcare service in general.
Alongside general questions on the program’s budgeting, duration and structure, the new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is searching for guidance on how best to address challenges specific to the end goal of connecting rural patients to care. Examples of these issues include how best to target support for veteran populations or those living in Tribal lands; whether the pilot should be limited to understaffed providers; and how the program can address opioid dependency, diabetes, mental health disease and other high-volume health conditions.
Telemedicine access in the state of New Hampshire is expanding thanks to a newly signed bill that will let primary care providers and pediatricians bill Medicaid and private insurances for telemedicine visits, according to a report by the Associated Press. The new legislation is an expansion from previous bills, which restricted reimbursement to specialist visits.