Telemedicine is a relatively new method of delivering care to patients. As a result, the use of this technology is growing as more hospitals are embracing the digital age.
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) recently met with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss the restrictions that govern telemedicine for the new accountable care organizations (ACO).
The ATA proposed a few changes to be included in the final rules, such as home-based medical videoconferencing, and covered therapy services delivered via telehealth. Another suggestion is for doctors to judge the appropriate ACO use of telemedicine for otherwise covered services.
“Given the ACO’s financial limits and incentives, hindering them with Medicare’s outdated restrictions on telemedicine will block the goal of efficiently delivering the care beneficiaries need and want,” said Jonathan Linkous, ATA’s CEO.
Telemedicine lies in the hands of health information management degree holders who can implement this system for doctors and hospitals.