Patients responding to a recent survey said they would be less likely to use telemedicine services compared to an in-person visit with a physician.
Telemedicine is a three-legged stool that includes not only technology, but also improving access to healthcare and managing reimbursement issues, Mercy Health's chief medical information officer Stephen Beck, M.D., writes at HIT Consultant.
Insurers increasingly, albeit slowly, cover telemedicine services for their members in an effort to save money and increase care coordination, reports Managed Care. "In five years, this will just be a common way people get care," John Jesser, Anthem's vice president of provider engagement and cost of care, told the magazine.
Mobile technologies and an increased push by states demanding coverage from insurance companies for telemedicine have prompted rapid growth in the industry, even as sluggishness from Medicare on the issue looms.
The 21st Century Cures Act has sailed through the House with a vote of 344-77.
A new bill introduced in the U.S. House would provide payment parity for an expanded list of telehealth services available to Medicare beneficiaries.
Medicare won't reimburse for many telemedicine services, so Mayo Clinic is absorbing the costs at seven of its hospitals.
Robotic-assisted telemedicine is an effective way to perform bedside rounds for ill infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units, new research concludes.
Telemedicine use is OK if integrated into the patient-centered medical home model, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group, however, warns against "fragmented care" in a policy statement published in Pediatrics.
Nearly 20 years after videoconferencing technology became available for health services, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use it, according to Kaiser Health News.