Most Virtual Care Consumers, Satisfied With Visits in the COVID Era, Expect It for Future Care

Health Populi

health care providers set up virtual care arrangements to convene with patients. Each of these health consumers had at least one virtual care visit between February and May 2020. COPD, diabetes, hypertension), 24% for an acute need like pain, and 21% for mental/behavioral health needs.

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. revealed many weakness in the American health care system, one of which has been health inequities faced by millions of people — especially black Americans, who have sustained higher rates morbidity and mortality for COVID-19.

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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. A couple of intriguing examples: Ali Health, part of Alibaba (the e-commerce giant), launched a free online clinic in locked-down Hubei (whose capital is Wuhan) where in five days, 100,000 patients received remote consultations. COVID-19 accelerated telemedicine adoption, the story goes, being accessed mainstream through major regions of China.

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. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Peterson Center on Healthcare collaborate on strategic health issues. hospitals using 2018 data, for an active working population covered by large employers’ health plans.

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. The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on health consumers’ spending varies depending on whether the household is generally a healthy family unit, healthy “enthusiasts,” dealing with a simple or more complex chronic conditions, or managing mental health issues. Patients in the U.S.

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. 15% of consumers cancelling health care plan to reschedule once they hear guidelines advising that it’s safe to do so. The analog here for the health consumer is that millions of U.S. Some 6 in 10 people in the U.S. have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Telehealth Awareness, Access and Adoption: Updates from J.D. Power, the ATA and FAIR Health

Health Populi

Power,” your mind probably imagines reviews of automotive performance, retail shopping experiences, or perhaps even health insurance plan customer service. Expanding its report-card role in the health ecosystem. I’ll also weave in the latest insights from the ATA 2019 State of the States report updating legislative/regulatory telemedicine activity at the U.S. In 2019, 28 states have payment parity policies for Medicaid. That is, mental health issues.

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. Switching to 100 percent telemedicine was easier than most doctors anticipated. How should telemedicine integrate with urgent and emergency care offerings? [link].

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

Health Populi

Seeking health information online along with researching other patients’ perspectives on doctors are now as common as booking dinner reservations and reading restaurant reviews, based on Rock Health’s latest health consumer survey, Beyond Wellness for the Healthy: Digital Health Consumer Adoption 2018. The growth of tracking and wearable tech is moving toward more medical applications beyond fitness and wellness, Rock Health found.

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.

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. On the verge of bankruptcy, the hospital was unable to attract many specialists to join its ranks, and in desperation, had turned to telemedicine to cover many services. I had been skeptical of telemedicine going in. And, most of all, I hope it pushes us to embrace telemedicine. [link].

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."

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.

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. Asynchronous telemedicine: Asynchronous telemedicine, sometimes known as store and forward, refers to telemedicine that is delivered at a later time from when the patient or another healthcare provider requests it. Home health care : Home health care refers to healthcare that is delivered in the patient’s home.

The Next-Normal Health Care Consumer After the Pandemic

Health Populi

The report gives us insights into the next-normal health consumer, which I’ll discuss in today’s post. And telemedicine, McKinsey points out, was adopted at a rate of ten times growth over 15 days, the chart quantifies as an increase in virtual appointments.

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. Yet for some clinicians, telemedicine is still shrouded in mystery – often because they’re not sure how to get started. But today’s telemedicine tools can enable evidence-based care and data sharing.

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.

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.

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? In the short-term emergency healthcare packages have included increasing patient access to medicines, waiving co-pays, relaxing prior approval requirements and increasing telemedicine services. 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].

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].

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. Compounding Americans personal finances is the COVID-19 era is the fact that the nation lacks universal health insurance coverage.

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. While federal agencies can address some of these policies going forward, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid does not have the authority to make changes to Medicare reimbursement policy for telehealth under current law, stakeholders said. [link].

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. Telemedicine as a percentage of all visits peaked in late April, and by mid-May, in-person visits had reached 55 percent of pre-pandemic levels. [link].

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]. As non-essential businesses begin to reopen, there’s no guarantee that merely opening the doors will make customers return.

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. But these policies — complicated by the loss of employer-provided health insurance as people lost their jobs — have had the unintended effect of delaying care for some of our sickest patients. Telemedicine , for instance, allowed us to pivot quickly from in-person care to virtual care.

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. And one in four would be less likely to to attend a work conference — a topic top-of-mind for those of us in health-tech who’ve long planned to attend next week’s annual HIMSS conference, which as of today is still planned to go on — including a visit from President Trump, slated to speak on Monday 9th March about interoperability. The coronavirus has shaken U.S.

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. Advances in telemedicine can make accessing appropriate health care easier. Fast-forward a few years, and I find myself on the front-line of health care innovation.

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. Advances in telemedicine can make accessing appropriate health care easier. Fast-forward a few years, and I find myself on the front-line of health care innovation.

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.

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

Enzyme Health

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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. HRS has gained national attention for its clinical success in reducing hospital readmissions and commitment to improving outcomes for both patients and health systems. Health Systems are looking for ways to improve patient outcomes as healthcare shifts to value-based economics.

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 While hospitals and doctors across the country say many patients are still shunning their services out of fear of contagion — especially with new cases spiking — Americans who lost their jobs or have a significant drop in income during the pandemic are now citing costs as the overriding reason they do not seek the health care they need. “We

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

Henry Kotula

Community health centers (CHCs), which serve more than 28 million low-income and disproportionately uninsured patients in rural and underserved urban areas of the United States, have not fared as well since ambulatory visits have disappeared , resulting in furloughs, layoffs , and more than 1,900 temporary site closures throughout the country. Preparedness Of Community Health Centers For Telehealth. Moreover, many low-income patients lack health and digital literacy.

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.

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. ” A year ago, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr unveiled plans for a program that would allocate up to $100 million to support telemedicine projects. Telemedicine has provided benefits for patients with diabetes, opioid dependency and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other conditions, Carr said during the meeting.

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – June 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). Legislation Update Telehealth Arkansas connected health digital health legislative mississippi regulatory South Central telehealth telemedicine Tennessee

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). Legislation Update Mississippi Telehealth Arkansas connected health legislation legislative mississippi regulatory regulatory update telehealth telemedicine 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. If you start doing that math in your head, based on every person who was infected infecting two other people, you can see every week you have a doubling in the number of new cases,” state health oficer Dr. Kathy Lofy said. The health care system has become overwhelmed,” Lofy said.

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.).

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

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million in telehealth claims per year “did not meet Medicare requirements,” the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has thrust new light upon America’s byzantine telemedicine reimbursement policies and the limitations they place on the expansion of value-based care. Solving the Problem of Telemedicine Reimbursement. In general, limited reimbursement has hindered providers' use of telemedicine ,” adds Arndt.