telemedicine urology

Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursement
Telemedicine policies expand access, dictate reimbursementTelemedicine may provide urologists with enhanced care and unique benefits—or risks—depending on the specifics of the laws that pass.
Telemedicine: Reimbursement in fee-for-service, quality modelsThe provision of health care via technology and without direct eye-to-eye and skin-to-skin contact is an area of growing interest in the U.S. It is also an area of great concern. One of the key conundrums surrounding telemedicine is the when, how, and what to pay for the service.
Telehealth yields efficiency equivalent to office visitsTelemedicine may provide the answer to costly consultations. According to data from a recent study, remote video visits demonstrated equivalent efficiency and satisfaction when compared with traditional office visits for men with surgically treated prostate cancer.
Increased use of telehealth prompts heightened legislative activityIn 2015, more than 200 bills were introduced in 42 states addressing telehealth. The use of telehealth services is expected to grow from 250,000 patients in 2013 to 3.2 million in 2018. These are just some of the findings contained in an extensive report on telehealth by the National Conference of State Legislatures..
Telemedicine’s use may expand beyond rural settingsUrologist Aaron Spitz, MD, says there’s a need in urban and suburban America to streamline access to urologists in emergency medicine and urgent care, and telemedicine is one solution.
Getting started with telemedicine: A 4-step approachStephen Canon, MD, Jonathan Linkous of the American Telemedicine Association, and Peter N. Bretan, Jr., MD, recommend urologists take these steps before committing to a telemedicine approach.
Legal hurdles may stall telehealth’s role in work force crisisAs thousands of baby boomers age into Medicare every day and millions of newly insured Americans seek health care, analysts point to expanded utilization of telehealth services as one way to alleviate physician shortages and ensure access to care.