New CMS CPT Codes Put Emphasis on Remote Therapeutic Monitoring
With nearly half of adults in the U.S. affected by musculoskeletal conditions, improved reimbursement will help expand care to patients in need, especially those faced with compounding effects of chronic pain such as depression and inactivity, as well as comorbidities like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or obesity.
New Survey Highlights Future of Interoperability
Health Gorilla, a Health Information Network and interoperability provider, recently released its inaugural 2023 State of Interoperability report in collaboration with Flexpa and the Health Management Academy. This report collects insights from more than 130 executive decision-makers across the healthcare ecosystem, including health systems, EHRs, digital health organizations, and diagnostic labs.
How Will the End of the PHE Affect Telehealth and Digital Health?
When the PHE was created in January of 2020 to help the nation deal with the growing pandemic, a number of waivers and exemptions were put in place by federal and state regulators to help healthcare organizations expand and be reimbursed for digital health and telehealth services. The idea behind this was to allow providers to use virtual and connected health tools and platforms to reduce the spread of the virus and make sure consumers were able to access needed healthcare services.
Patient Safety Predictions for 2023
PSQH reached out to professionals throughout healthcare to get their predictions for what will happen in patient safety and healthcare quality in 2023. Here’s what they had to say.
Most Telehealth Visits Do Not Require In-Person Follow-Up Visits Within 90 Days
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth visits have increased dramatically. The millions of telehealth visits that have been conducted since the beginning of the pandemic are an opportunity for researchers to assess the utilization of telemedicine.
A Virtual Second Opinion Can Save Your Life
Your loved one is likely already receiving high-quality medical care for their condition. However, there may be times when you or your loved one desires a second opinion, like Dan. Perhaps your loved one has a condition that, despite treatment, isn’t improving or is getting worse; perhaps they have been diagnosed with a serious or rare health condition or have been told their condition is not treatable; perhaps they are facing treatment that involves significant risks, such as surgery or chemotherapy.
Technology Is Changing Mental Healthcare, But Not the Need for Mental Health Professionals
The benefits of telehealth are obvious through the lens of the pandemic. Many people still prefer to limit their exposure to others. Getting to an in-person appointment can be tough, especially during work hours. Travel time means additional time away from work or other obligations. A telehealth appointment sidesteps all these concerns.
Are Patients Getting the Best Possible Care Through Telemedicine?
Telemedicine can increase provider productivity by enabling healthcare professionals to see more patients in a day. In addition, it can enhance the work experience for providers, affording them greater control over their schedule and allowing them to see patients whom they otherwise would not be able to see.
Study: Pediatric Epilepsy Patients Responded Well to Telemedicine During Pandemic
The Epilepsy Neurogenetics Initiative at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reported that across nearly 50,000 visits, patients continued to use telemedicine effectively, even when outpatient clinics reopened a year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Telehealth Diagnoses Match In-Person Clinical Visit Diagnoses in 86.9% of Cases, Study Finds
The recent research article, which was published by JAMA Network Open, examines data collected from more than 2,000 Mayo Clinic patients who had telehealth diagnoses followed by an in-person visit diagnosis for the same clinical concern in the same specialty within 90 days.