Addressing Health Equity Must Include Digital Equity Beyond Access To Medical Services and Insurance

Health Populi

The 21st Century Cures Act emphasizes patients’ control of personal health information. ONC rules issues in March 2020 called for more patient-facing health tools and apps to bolster health consumer engagement and empowerment. Health Populi’s Hot Points: As the U.S.

Telehealth and COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Conversation with Ann Mond Johnson, ATA CEO

Health Populi

The coronavirus spawned another kind of gift to China and the nation’s health citizens: telemedicine, the essay explains. COVID-19 accelerated telemedicine adoption, the story goes, being accessed mainstream through major regions of China.

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Economic Anxieties Rise, Medical and Vacation Plans Delayed: the COVID-19 Consumer in June 2020

Health Populi

28% of Americans said they’d reschedule the medical service once they “no longer believe” there is a high risk of COVID-19 infection in returning to a health care provider. The analog here for the health consumer is that millions of U.S. Some 6 in 10 people in the U.S.

Health Care In the COVID-19 Era – PwC Finds Self-Rationing of Care and Meds Especially for Chronic Care

Health Populi

are self-rationing care in the era of COVID-19 by cutting spending on health care visits and prescription drugs. PwC explored how COVID-19 is influencing consumers’ health care behaviors in survey research conducted in early April by the Health Research Institute.

Estimates of COVID-19 Medical Costs in the US: $20K for inpatient stay, $1300 OOP costs

Health Populi

In the midst of growing inpatient admissions and test results for COVID-19, Congress is working as I write this post to finalize a round of legislation to help Americans with the costs-of-living and (hopefully) health care in a national, mandated, clarifying way.

Health/Care Everywhere – Re-Imagining Healthcare at ATA 2019

Health Populi

“ATA” is the new three-letter acronym for the American Telemedicine Association, meeting today through Tuesday at the Convention Center in New Orleans. Hint: it will have a lot to do with data and analytics, and Dr. Cosgrove can speak to that as he’s joined Google Health as an advisor.

What we’ve learned from the telemedicine explosion

Henry Kotula

In our decades in healthcare, we’ve never seen a faster care transformation than the rapid growth in telemedicine sparked by COVID-19. This week, we convened leaders from across our Gist Healthcare membership to share learnings and questions about their telemedicine experiences. [link].

Open Table for Health: Patients Are Online For Health Search and Physician Reviews

Health Populi

The growth of tracking and wearable tech is moving toward more medical applications beyond fitness and wellness, Rock Health found. The biggest growth, Rock Health found, was for live phone telehealth, with 64% of respondents using this channel, followed by email and text.

Op-Ed: As a doctor, I use telemedicine. With the coronavirus threat, it could revolutionize healthcare

Henry Kotula

Here’s one thing I hope will come out of the crisis: an increased reliance on telemedicine, something that should have happened long ago. I had been skeptical of telemedicine going in. And, most of all, I hope it pushes us to embrace telemedicine. [link].

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

Health Populi

It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development. As the only health economist in the family of the 2018 HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors, this is a voice through which I can uniquely speak.

340 organizations tell Congress to make telehealth permanent

Henry Kotula

New report finds the growth of telemedicine visits has plateaued and accounts for a relatively small percentage of rebounding ambulatory care. If Congress does not act before the COVID-19 public health emergency expires, current flexibilities will disappear, according to stakeholders.

COVID-19 Implications for pharma: US payer insights

Henry Kotula

What are the implications for pharma as COVID-19 forces fundamental change in US payer practice and policy? What emergency measures are in place to ensure the health plans address customers’ medical needs and will these need to be reconsidered on an ongoing basis? [link].

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out? This quick telehealth glossary covers the basic terminology telemedicine clinicians should know. The organization researches telehealth policy issues and keeps updated information on state telehealth laws and reimbursement.

How To Become a Telemedicine Provider

GlobalMed

From medical emergencies to ordinary exams, telemedicine is shattering healthcare barriers all over the world. In addition to reducing costs and improving outcomes, virtual health can bring advanced care to underserved patients while relieving overworked providers.

Charting the rebound of physician office visits

Henry Kotula

Behavioral health providers, medical specialists and primary care practices maintained the most volume, and procedural specialists were the hardest hit. Many practices deployed telemedicine quickly, but even with those added encounters, total visits were still down by nearly 60 percent.

Two Forms of Telemedicine: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

Lloyd Price

What is Synchronous Telemedicine? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) defines synchronous telemedicine as "live video-conferencing," which is a "two-way audiovisual link between a patient and a care provider."

Waking Up a Health Consumer in the COVID-19 Era

Health Populi

His remarks focused largely on an immigration and travel policy versus science, triaging, testing and treatment of the virus itself. First, foremost, Americans are concerned about the impact of a disease outbreak on their health, personal finances and the U.S.

Most consumers nervous about returning to care settings

Henry Kotula

Reaching patients through telemedicine and providing concrete messages about how they can safely see their doctor will be critical to staving off a tide of disease exacerbations that will mount as fear delays much-needed care. [link].

Why People Are Still Avoiding the Doctor (It’s Not the Virus)

Henry Kotula

While she still has health insurance, she worries about whether she will have coverage beyond July, when her unemployment is expected to run out. “It He plans to stop treatments while he sorts out what to do when his health insurance coverage ends in a month.

How Many More Will Die From Fear of the Coronavirus?

Henry Kotula

Government orders to shelter in place and health care leaders’ decisions to defer nonessential care successfully prevented the spread of the virus. Telemedicine , for instance, allowed us to pivot quickly from in-person care to virtual care.

66% of counties with most COVID-19 cases lack infectious disease physician

Henry Kotula

They also used aggregated data from the CDC and local public health agencies to plot the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county as of May 12. “The deficits in our [infectious disease] physician workforce today have left us poorly prepared for the unprecedented demand ahead,” study authors said, highlighting telemedicine as a key strategy for expanding access to this speciality. [link].

Telemedicine’s Reimbursement Outlook for 2020

GlobalMed

Telemedicine reimbursement is always changing. Generous policies can drive telehealth offerings, just as restrictions can create a financial disincentive. The Center for Connected Health Policy’s recent report State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies notes a few trends.

2019: Telemedicine’s Year in Review

GlobalMed

We’ve had an action-packed year in telemedicine, but now it’s drawing to a close. After receiving feedback that obtaining consent for every single virtual service is burdensome, CMS also revised this policy to only require consent once a year. Telemedicine leaves the healthcare world.

How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Henry Kotula

Preparedness Of Community Health Centers For Telehealth. Despite the changes, many health centers may not be ready to implement high-quality telehealth. Health centers care for many immigrant patients with limited English proficiency. [link].

How Coronavirus Is Re-Shaping Consumer Behavior, From the Amusement Park to the Voting Booth

Health Populi

consumer confidence, both in terms of financial markets and personal health risks. Telehealth industry stakeholders have come together in the interest of connected health to advocate for telehealth to help people access care, expertise and support in the immediate term.

Telemedicine Today: September 2016

American Well

Telemedicine Today: September 2016. Welcome to the (delayed) September 2016 edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today! School Launches Telemedicine Pilot through Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Texas A&M uses Telehealth to Treat Mental Health in Rural Communities.

Health Recovery Solutions Closes a $10 Million Growth Investment Led by Edison Partners

Health Recovery Solutions

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), a technology company that provides remote patient monitoring for leading health systems, today announced closing $10 million in growth financing led by Edison Partners.

Why telemedicine is a great option for Medicaid recipients

American Well

Think convenient health care is only for the wealthy? Traditional means of accessing health care is often time and resource intensive. In short, we were trying to do our best by our patients, but in the process, were causing major disruptions to their health and well-being.

Why telemedicine is a great option for Medicaid recipients

American Well

Think convenient health care is only for the wealthy? Traditional means of accessing health care is often time and resource intensive. In short, we were trying to do our best by our patients, but in the process, were causing major disruptions to their health and well-being.

9 Best Telemedicine Newsletters You Should Be Reading to Keep Up With the Industry

Enzyme Health

Close For Clinicians For Employers Telehealth Jobs Family Medicine General Practice Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioners Physician Assistants Psychiatry / Mental Health Hospitalist Dont see your specialty?

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – May 2020

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The following attachment is a list of legislative and regulatory updates compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

Seattle Coronavirus Care: Short in Staff, Supplies and Space

Henry Kotula

That same day, health officials announced King County’s — and the nation’s — first death from the coronavirus. Health care workers are being asked to work extra shifts as their peers self-isolate. The health care system has become overwhelmed,” Lofy said. “We [link].

FCC moves forward with $100 million Connected Care proposal

Henry Kotula

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to move forward with plans for a $100 million pilot program to promote telemedicine services. ” Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Health Policy Rural Health Rural Hospital Telemedicine

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – May 2020

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The following attachment is a list of legislative and regulatory updates compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

Employers seeking a ?source of truth? for coronavirus guidance

Henry Kotula

As states begin to reopen, employers need guidance to ensure safe, COVID-free operations, and are beginning to call local health systems for advice on how to manage this daunting task. Health systems have been surprised by the hunger for information on COVID-19 among the business community.

Bowing to physician pressure, CMS delays visit code changes

Henry Kotula

At the top of our list: CMS significantly expanded telemedicine coverage, and will now reimburse for telemedicine and telephone visits for brief check-ins, evaluation of patient-submitted images or remote monitoring data, as well as more comprehensive and preventive care visits.

Medical costs projected to increase 6% by 2020, says PwC

Henry Kotula

After figuring in health plan changes such as increased employee cost sharing and network and benefit changes, PwC’s Health Research Institute, which conducted the study, projects a net growth rate of 5 percent. [link].

Telemedicine and a Vision for Health Care Without Walls

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

On one level, these anecdotes tell the story of telemedicine: The ability of patients, and often their local clinicians, to have consultations over distances with other clinical experts who can bring their insights to bear on patient care.

Report: Telemedicine Reimbursement Limitations Cost Millions, ‘Impede Expansion’

care innovations

To get at a solution to the issue, the OIG is urging greater oversight into claims, as well as an expansion of training and education among providers and practitioners on the finer points of what services are and aren’t eligible for telemedicine reimbursement, and why.

High-Deductible Health Plans Fall From Grace In Employer-Based Coverage

Henry Kotula

With workers harder to find and Obamacare’s tax on generous coverage postponed, employers are hitting pause on a feature of job-based medical insurance much hated by employees: the high-deductible health plan. Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.).