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How to Prepare for Telehealth Policy Updates

Healthcare lawyer Andrew Selesnick talks with HealthcareITNews to discuss how providers should prepare for changes in telehealth reimbursements. In early October, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced that they would be adding 11 virtual services to its reimbursement list during the COVID-19 pandemic. This update was in addition to a previously published list of services that could be reimbursed by insurance. 

Telehealth Uses for Clinical Research

Telehealth is surely evolving and expanding even more due to the pandemic. Many patients and providers relied on telehealth for the past seven months to ensure access to healthcare. Telehealth has not only been crucial to providing care, but it was also used for clinical research purposes. The future hold even more evolvements for telehealth. Many wearables, apps and software are being testing to further expand telehealth into something more revolutionary. However, there are many concerns such reimbursements, internet connectivity, and privacy, that need to be tackled first. 

3 ways to bring telehealth to the next level

Even though telehealth existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic, it recently gained popularity due to many practices reducing in-person visits. However, many providers, patients, and telehealth service providers want to learn how to further improve telehealth access. How can people with no computers, smart devices, and internet can also get access to care via telehealth? The article talks about the 3 steps that can further improve the evolution and availability of telehealth.

Should Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Have Their Own Autonomy?

There has long been a debate as to whether or not Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) should have autonomy to practice on their own. This debate has intensified as telemedicine has begun to play a larger role in healthcare. While NPs and PAs argue that restrictions requiring physician supervision create limitations on the volume of care, physicians counter that oversight is necessary to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. With so much information on both sides of the issue, we compiled a list of pros and cons to the argument for NP and PA autonomy. 

The Future of Healthcare

Will telemedicine be the key to the future of healthcare? In order to find answers to this question, we sat down with doctors, including our very own Chief Medical Officer, Dr Faiza Hashmi MD and fellows from various hospitals to gather more information about how telemedicine can help physicians provide the best care for their patients' needs. 

Telemedicine vs Conventional Medicine

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loosened restrictions on telemedicine in light of the virus, telemedicine has been more prevalent than ever. Telemedicine offers many great features such as lower costs, increased accessibility, convenience of receiving care in your own home, and less risk of being exposed to an infectious disease such as COVID-19. While telemedicine offers an array of benefits, it also has drawbacks. Physicians are unable to conduct physical examinations, not all insurance provides cover telemedicine, and not all people have access to the proper technology to partake in a telemedicine appointment. The rise of telemedicine sparks a difficult question, how do telemedicine and conventional medicine stack up to each other?