The diverse faces of telemedicine delivery and reimbursement
The diverse faces of telemedicine delivery and reimbursement revealed.
John P. Benson, JC, AHFI, CFE, CIFI authored a thesis on how the different payers view and manage telemedicine in the respective systems. Published in the December edition of Compliance Today magazine, a publication of the Health Care Compliance Association, (HCCA)
In it, Benson covers the following topics:
» Telemedicine advancement is restricted by disparate reimbursement rules.
» Reimbursement policy for telemedicine is addressed differently by every payer.
» Providers hesitate to practice telemedicine because of reimbursement confusion.
» Medicare’s telemedicine spending has increased 300% between 2001 and 2015.
» Healthcare consumers desire price transparency, access, and choice.
Excerpted from the article:
There is no debate about the value of telemedicine. However there is quite a tangle of variances in documentation and reimbursement regulations between federal and state governments as well as private payers.
Today, patients generally deal with an opaque system that drives them to obtain healthcare from a provider they don’t know, without knowing what will happen to them, or what outcome will be obtained, or what the price of care will be. The virtual medicine revolution is an opportunity for the healthcare consumer to take control, in some significant way, of their healthcare journey. The question is, will everyone get out of the way and allow that to happen?
Download the article and discover the wildly disparate ways payers consider reimbursement for telemedicine.