Telehealth Telemedicine. The Doctor is On. Responding to COVID-19

Telehealth Telemedicine. The Doctor is On. Responding to COVID-19

Health and Human Services and the ONC are encouraging healthcare providers to adopt remote medicine in response to the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. According to speakers at last month’s American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) State Legislative Conference, doctors should push insurers to pay them fairly for the care they provide electronically, said Dr. William Thornbury, founder of an online appointment site called meVisit. AAFP conference speakers also presented results of a recent survey of what family physicians thought about...

Telemedicine Poised to Enter the Mainstream

On the heels of an Accenture report declaring the primary care segment could save $10 billion a year by using virtual health technology, a major Senate bill on telehealth is being finalized. Lawmakers working on the draft are talking with the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Initiative group about the bill, according to the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA). The bill, drafted by Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, contains two main provisions to increase access to telehealth services. First, it...

Physician House Calls 2019 Style : Concierge Medicine Still On The Rise

Dr. Russell Dohner hangs his signature fedora on the hat rack precisely at 10 o’clock each morning. One by one they arrive – with colds, ear aches and the occasional broken bone. Regardless of why they come, each will hand over a $5 bill – payment in full for services rendered. No insurance required nor accepted. The faded, age worn office has no fax, no computer, no familiar beeps and bells of chiming smart phones. This familiar scene has played...