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What are the Benefits, Costs, Regulations, and Distant Site

What are the Benefits, Costs, Regulations, and Distant Site

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What are the Benefits, Costs, Regulations, and Distant Site Practitioners

Telemedicine services provide healthcare to patients in distant locations without sacrificing quality of care. The benefits of these services are numerous. In addition to distance, these services can save time and money, as doctors are able to provide appointments when they are not available to their patients on site. However, there are certain things to keep in mind before opting for this form of healthcare. These are: Regulations, and Distant Site Practitioners.


Benefits of telemedicine

The most obvious benefit of telemedicine services is that they can reduce the amount of time required for physicians to travel to each patient. Telemedicine services reduce travel time for doctors and reduce the number of emergency room visits. Additionally, they can be useful for monitoring chronic diseases that are difficult to treat in a local clinic. Moreover, telemedicine reduces costs by increasing physician productivity and allowing them to see more patients.

The costs of traveling to see a physician can be incredibly high, and a lack of access to specialists in rural areas can create a tremendous financial burden. By letting patients participate in medical appointments without leaving home, telemedicine reduces the need for time off work. In addition, the cost of parking and childcare can be avoided. Telemedicine services can also reduce the amount of time that patients spend in waiting rooms.


Distant site practitioners

Providers who provide telemedicine services must use an interactive audio-video telecommunications system to enable the remote provider and patient to communicate in real time. Telehealth practitioners are qualified to furnish and receive payment for covered telehealth services, which may include clinical psychologists, registered dietitians, and nurse practitioners. The distance site practitioner must bill the appropriate CPT code and modifier for each service rendered. In addition to telemedicine services, providers may also furnish and receive payment for services rendered via a telephonic or telehealth phone line.

The distance between a remote site practitioner and a patient is the biggest factor in determining whether telemedicine is the right option for your practice. Many practitioners have begun offering these services. While the distance between the practitioner and patient can be long, the convenience of being able to consult and receive urgent care from a distant site is a significant benefit. Some practitioners even provide care for patients at distant sites while they are traveling.



Regulations

The current regulatory environment for telemedicine is confusing. Providers are forced to consider 50 state and federal policies and dozens of private plan rules. This confusion is one of the main deterrents to the widespread use of telemedicine. There is no single policy or regulation that covers all telemedicine services, but payers should reimburse remote care equally with in-person care. Value is defined as the benefits that telemedicine can provide a patient. The quality, costs, and access are all factors in measuring value.

Telehealth services are becoming more popular and more common, and Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries can now use them without leaving their homes. While many providers still have to travel to a hospital or clinic to provide health care, some are working to get licensed in neighboring states. Getting additional licenses is not easy, and a long process can delay care. The good news is that many health systems are creating spaces for telemedicine providers in lower cost facilities.


Relevance to COVID-19 pandemic

With the current epidemic of COVID-19, telehealth services are becoming more relevant than ever. The disease spreads quickly and has a high risk of contagion. Telehealth can be a valuable complementary method of screening patients and determining if they should be admitted to the hospital or be monitored at home. Here are five ways telemedicine can help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the disease spreads globally, telehealth has become an essential tool in reducing the burden of health care and slowing its spread. Telemedicine helps providers provide routine care in high-risk areas that aren't well served by local health care providers. It also facilitates social distancing and slows disease transmission. Telemedicine has also inspired change among key stakeholders, including the CDC, which recently recommended providers move toward remote visits. And Independence Blue Cross recently announced reimbursement for telehealth visits.

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