Rec­om­men­da­tions for ex­pand­ing tele­health

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS -

Re­move ge­o­graphic and site lim­i­ta­tions to en­able pa­tients to com­mu­ni­cate re­motely with their providers re­gard­less of lo­ca­tion. Cur­rently, Medi­care gen­er­ally lim­its cov­er­age of tele­health ser­vices to ru­ral ar­eas.

En­sure the ap­pro­pri­ate re­im­burse­ment of providers for the de­liv­ery of tele­health, re­gard­less of payer.

In­clude tele­health, re­mote pa­tient mon­i­tor­ing and other con­nected-care tech­nol­ogy as tools in new pay­ment and de­liv­ery mod­els such as med­i­cal homes and ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Es­tab­lish a mul­ti­stake­holder process to de­velop a stan­dard def­i­ni­tion of safe, high-qual­ity tele­health ser­vices.

De­velop a con­sen­sus-based, anti-fraud guid­ance that will help en­sure the se­cure de­liv­ery of med­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate tele­health ser­vices and serve as guid­ance to pub­lic and pri­vate pay­ers.

In­cor­po­rate pri­vacy and data se­cu­rity pro­tec­tions into any con­nected-care in­no­va­tions to en­sure pa­tients and providers are fol­low­ing best prac­tices to safe­guard pa­tient in­for­ma­tion.

Elim­i­nate state reg­u­la­tory bar­ri­ers to the prac­tice of tele­health. While some states man­date pri­vate pay­ers to cover tele­health ser­vices, oth­ers do not. There are also cov­er­age vari­a­tions across state Med­i­caid pro­grams.

Elim­i­nate state pro­fes­sional li­cen­sure bar­ri­ers that pro­hibit providers from fur­nish­ing tele­health ser­vices to pa­tients across state lines.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.