Limits on Medicare Reimbursement for Telehealth Hurt Rural Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services must remove restrictions that hamper Medicare providers’ ability to offer telehealth services.

Chief among those limitations, according to Morgan Reed, executive director of the Connected Health Initiative, is the fact that the Medicare program’s reimbursement for telemedicine is anemic — which he says is hurting rural healthcare in America and negatively affecting beneficiaries’ health outcomes… Read More at Health Data Management

The Rise Of The Virtual Physician – Thanks To The ACA

According to Fortune (online, Sept. 24) during the past year a company known as Teladoc took over its two primary leading rivals, AmeriDoc and Consult A Doctor.  Such companies are known in the healthcare industry as “telemedicine”, enabling patients to have access to physicians – online. Due to healthcare costs, and Obamacare, this emerging concept in treatment is also known as the “virtual reality doctor.” Teledoc  has about 550 such virtual doctors on-call.

As it is structured now, Teladoc’s service is available with a paid annual subscription. There is also a $40.00 co-pay for each video or phone physician visit. Some businesses and organizations fund or reimburse the co-pay completely – for their workers.

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