Appreciation of the tools that facilitate effective communication with your patients and employees without being face to face has never been greater. Technology has become a permanent fixture in the meetings reality.
Caravanhealth stated, “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has acted quickly to remove barriers, eliminating coinsurance and allowing patients to receive virtual care in their homes to minimize the risk of infection. These changes make a wide variety of virtual care services available in Medicare for the first time.” CMS has expanded Telehealth benefits permanently for Medicare beneficiaries.
What is a Telehealth?
A visit between a provider and patient that is reimbursed the same as if an in-person Medicare visit occurred. It is often two-way audio-video communication that takes place in real-time, also known as virtual visits.
Which use cases or conditions are suitable for telehealth?
- Chronic Care Management
- remote patient monitoring
- medications monitoring & refill
- lab or imaging results review
- pre- and post-surgical consultations
What are the benefits of using telehealth?
- increase in patient access
- improve in practice efficiency
- increase in provider revenue
- increase in patient and provider satisfaction
- decrease in no-shows, cancellations, patient wait times, and lost visit revenue
- empowering providers to get reimbursed for their time
Many different specialties including primary care, nephrology, orthopedics, dermatology, neurology, cardiology etc. are suitable for Telehealth. This way of remote communication proved its benefits and it looks like it’s here to stay for longer.
As advised by McGuireWoods Consulting, “In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has relaxed some of the traditional requirements in connection with Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services, giving Medicare beneficiaries access to health care, particularly in rural areas where access to health care providers may otherwise be limited.”
CMS has implemented to permanently allow some telehealth services, including home visits for the evaluation and management of a patient (in the case where the law allows telehealth services in the patient’s home), and certain types of visits for patients with cognitive impairments. CMS is seeking public input on other services to permanently add to the telehealth list.
As Medicare is making substantial progress towards enhanced telehealth reimbursement, Gaia reaffirms its commitment to dialysis industry by responding to market needs and trends.
We continue to enhance our functionality in order to bring you the best-in-class EHR Software, including forthcoming web-based Physician Rounding and Patient Portal with integrated Telehealth where care teams are able to communicate effectively with patients without in-person interaction.
Read more information on the ruling:
- Federal Register Medicare Program CY 2021;
- CMS GOV Newsroom;
- Virtual Care Services;
- HHS Telehealth Services.