Telemedicine – The Doctor is Now On

Telemedicine – The Doctor is Now On

Telemedicine is becoming more commonplace for independent practices. At least 20 states now require private insurers to reimburse for telemedicine visits, and Medicaid policies cover remote medical care in more than 40 states. If you’ve been avoiding telemedicine because it seems expensive, complicated, or extraneous, note that that many patients appreciate practices with a telemedicine option. Indeed, family physicians must adopt the technology to remain competitive, according to speakers at last month’s American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) State Legislative...

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...

Should Your Practice Embrace Telemedicine?

Telemedicine. It’s a practice that many medical professionals are not yet familiar with, however, this method of delivery of healthcare services is gaining in popularity. Many physicians have turned to telemedicine as a more convenient way to provide patient services. If you’re in practice management, you might be wondering whether this is something that could be helpful for your practice. Besides issues related to the effectiveness and efficiency of telemedicine services you may also have questions about how this could...

Bringing Telemedicine to Rural States

South Dakota will use federal funding and state-of-the-art technology to reach out to people with drug and alcohol abuse problems who live in the most remote areas of the vast state. People living in rural and inaccessible areas frequently live too far from treatment centers, leaving this segment of the population at risk for relapse and even arrest. Without the option of treatment, judges must sentence offenders to prison rather than sending them to rehabilitation. South Dakota now plans to...

Telemedicine – The Future of Medical Care

Within the next half decade, an uncountable number of patients will talk to their doctors via a monitor or display device and avoid waiting rooms. Their treatment via telemedicine will allow them to receive treatment advice and recover without a trip to a doctor’s physical office. Telemedicine is defined as the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology. Today our world is very connected, and with seeming omnipresent technology, physicians have also become more connected. X-rays and...