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Telehealth and Telemedicine: Adopting New Tools of the Trade
Friday, September 13, 2013
With millions of people projected to obtain health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), access to care is expected to be an issue. Efforts to promote telehealth and telemedicine could help.
In addition to electronic health records there is telestroke, teleICU and telepsychiatry. “Robodocs” have attracted recent media attention. Studies have shown these and similar tools to be effective in coordinating care and in saving time and saving lives in areas where access to services is scarce. Also, the Federation of State Medical Boards is formally exploring the creation of “interstate compacts” to increase efficiency in the licensing of physicians who practice in multiple states.
The development of these new technologies and others that promise to enhance access to care, improve the quality of care and contain costs has been supported by previous legislation. Though the technology revolution has arrived on the health care scene, the challenge remains of taking these newly developed tools and widely disseminating their use.
Is there regional variation in the adoption and use of telemedicine tools? What might help to spread their adoption? Is there a difference among Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance payment policies? How much does state and local legislation/regulation come into play? What about provider credentialing and privileging?
A distinguished panel of experts addressed these and related questions.
Sherilyn Pruitt, director of the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will provided an overview of HRSA’s grant programs and how these support provisions in the ACA.
Neal Neuberger, executive director, Institute for e-health Policy, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), provided an overview, define telehealth and telemedicine and talk about legislative provisions that promote their development.
Karen Rheuban, director, Center for Telehealth, University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine, discussed the extensive network of comprehensive telehealth services at UVA.
John Jesser, senior vice president at WellPoint, discussed the telehealth tools and gadgets that WellPoint uses in partnership with American Well, and what it would take to move adoption forward across providers and regions.
Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated the discussion.
Contact: Marilyn Serafini email@example.com 202/789-2300
The event was sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform and Wellpoint.
|Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast|
Transcript: Full Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 9/13/2013
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Jesser Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 9/13/2013
Neuberger Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 9/13/2013
Pruitt Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 9/13/2013
Rheuban Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 9/13/2013
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|Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)|
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Scaling Telehealth Programs: Lessons from Early Adoptors (Adobe Acrobat PDF),The Commonwealth Fund, 1/1/2013
Quality of e-visits not yet equal to office visits , American Medical News , 2/6/2013
Federation of State Medical Boards to Explore Use of Interstate Compact for Physician Licensure (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Federation of State Medical Boards , 4/23/2013
Docs, states look to telehealth to deliver medical care, Sun Sentinel , 8/13/2013
Doctors Move to Webcams , The Wall Street Journal , 12/20/2012
High-Tech Health Care, National Conference of State Legislatures , 12/1/2012
Anthem offers virtual doctor appointments , Ohio.com, 7/30/2013
Reimbursement Overview , Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law , 9/1/2013
Telemental health efforts face adoption obstacles , FierceHealthIT, 6/4/2013
State Coverage for Telehealth Services , National Conference of State Legislatures, 9/1/2013
Telehealth Reimbursement and Grant Programs , Health Resources and Services Administration: Rural Health IT Toolbox , 9/1/2013
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Hospital Electronic Health Information Exchange Grew Substantially in 2008-12, Health Affairs , 8/1/2013
Implementing telehealth to support medical practice in rural/remote regions: what are conditions for success? (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Implementation Science , 8/1/2006
WellPoint expands telemedicine opportunities for doctors, American Medical News, 1/30/2013
The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment-Workshop Summary , The National Academies Press , 1/1/2012
Consumers save an average of $45-100 per online doctor visit on health costs, John Jesser, senior vice president at WellPoint, stated at a September 13 Alliance for Health Reform briefing, Telehealth and Telemedicine: Adopting New Tools of the Trade.
The Office of Telemedicine has saved Virginia patients 7.5 million miles of driving, Dr. Karen Rheuban stated at a September 13 Alliance for Health Reform briefing, Telehealth and Telemedicine: Adopting New Tools of the Trade.