Perhaps no other topic is generating the excitement and anticipation as telehealth. The potential of telehealth is bright with promise in its ability to extend patient care beyond the walls of hospitals, health systems, and physician offices. Concurrent with this rush to embrace telehealth is the harsh reality of stringent statutory limitations in the Medicare environment—limits on who, where and how telehealth services may be provided. During this remarkable webcast, you and your team will be exposed to the new world of telehealth including an analysis of current events together with the information you will need to make strategic decisions for the future. The potential of telehealth is undeniable. With a firm grasp of telehealth, you will have the ability to increase revenue and market share while minimizing compliance risk. The potential is real, and this extraordinary webcast is the place to begin a fresh new journey into the delivery of patient care. The future is here. Seize the moment.
Led by Duane Abbey, PhD, you will learn about the government's plans to expand Medicare's telehealth services through Medicare Advantage. You will become aware of the approaches by private, third-party payers to provide telehealth services—an area with considerable variability. Finally, you will have a window to the future to telehealth that will be indispensable for planning purposes whether you work in a hospital, health system clinic or are an individual practitioner.
Take this quick quiz to test your current understanding of telehealth:
- What are the geographic limitations for the current Medicare telehealth program?
- What services fall under the current Medicare telehealth program?
- What are the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing to do with Medicare Advantage and increased use of telehealth services?
- Where do private third-party payers fit into the telehealth arena?
- Are telehealth services profitable and are there any coding and billing issues?
- How do we prepare for increased telehealth services?
Failure to understand current rules along with anticipated opportunities and requirements will place hospitals, clinics, and physicians in a position of losing money and the possibility of being non-compliant. The planning for and provision of telehealth services requires significant effort and time. You are encouraged to keep with current changes and what will probably change in the future. Register now to attend this essential webcast.
Proper planning and execution of telehealth services increases revenue, increased market share, and minimizes compliance risk.
Why This is Relevant:
Telehealth services are changing and thus the coding, billing and associated documentation will also change. The Medicare program is currently delimited by statutory constraints whereby services can only be provided in the rural setting, only certain codes are approved, and the payment process is difficult. CMS is experimenting through the Medicare Advantage new programs to provide a wider range of services starting in 2020. Hospitals, clinics, and physician must understand not only the advanced use of the technologies but also the proper way to code, bill, document and in general maintain compliance. Private third-party payers provide and recognize certain telemedicine services. The work of CMS in this area will probably provide guidance in this area in the coming years.
During this remarkable webcast led by author, educator and consultant Duane Abbey, PhD, you will…
- Learn how the current traditional Medicare telehealth works;
- Understand the delimitations for telehealth under traditional Medicare;
- Learn about plans for telehealth under Medicare Advantage for 2020 and beyond;
- Become aware of private third-party payer use and non-use of telehealth services and
- Gain an extraordinary view of the future of telehealth.