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9 Top Tips for Making Telehealth Visits More Successful

Patrick Dougherty

Let’s face it. We’re now in an era where it is safer and more cost-effective to meet with our patients via video conference than it is to be directly in person. While this might make some practitioners feel as though they are losing the personalized attention they’ve given their patients in the past, this new way of practicing medicine is actually a really good thing as it helps everyone maintain social distancing guidelines. Here are a few of our top tips for making telehealth visits more successful for your practice and your patients.

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Topics: Telehealth Coverage, telehealth after Covid-19

Telemedicine and Coronavirus: What Medical Practices Need to Know

Harold Gibson

With the increasing spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States, and the world, the way we’re practicing medicine is changing. Although telemedicine has been available (and billable) for several years, it hasn’t been widely adopted by many within the United States. However, that’s changing. 

As we continue to battle the Coronavirus, we’re going to see more hospitals, practices and patients using telemedicine. Practices need to be prepared to handle telemedicine demands and get up to speed on how to appropriately bill telemedicine. Here’s a closer look at telemedicine and the Coronavirus, and useful information and tips that every practice needs to know. 

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Topics: Telemedicine Billing, telehealth billing, Telehealth Coverage, Telemedicine and Coronavirus

Essential Telemedicine Billing and Coding Tips for Providers

Harold Gibson

Advances in modern technology and consumer demand both contribute to the increasing popularity of telemedicine. It’s been transforming the healthcare landscape, making it possible for patients to receive treatment from home. Providers now have the ability to communicate with patients at any time and anywhere, keeping on top of their health status and offering essential interventions when needed. As it becomes clear that telemedicine can reduce readmissions and even reduce the cost of care for patients, more payers are reimbursing for this type of care. If your practice will be offering telemedicine services to your patients, here’s a look at some essential telemedicine billing and coding considerations to keep in mind for 2019. 

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Topics: telehealth billing, Telehealth Coverage

Why don’t more providers use telehealth services?

Patrick Dougherty

Telehealth, according to the Health Resources Services Administration, is the use of electronic information and other telecommunication technology to support clinical health care given from a distance. While it has sometimes been used interchangeably with telemedicine, telehealth covers a broader scope of services than the more narrowly-defined telemedicine.

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Topics: Telehealth Coverage

Is You Medical Practice Ready for Telemedicine Expansion?

Patrick Dougherty

If the new proposals in the latest fee schedule coming from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services get finalized, then telemedicine may be expanding even more in the future with more payment for these services in store for health providers. The proposed physician fee schedule for 2019 was announced on July 12, 2018 by CMS, and this proposal would significantly expand the services that quality for telemedicine payments. This is great news for both medical practices and patients since telemedicine offers many patient benefits and offers practices with the foundation for increased growth. And while telemedicine does come with some potential billing challenges, there are ways these challenges can be overcome as practices step into the future of telemedicine.   

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Topics: Telemedicine Challenges, telehealth billing, Telehealth Coverage

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