May 18th, 2017
After years of litigation, telehealth may soon be fully implemented in Texas. Legislation moving through the statehouse in Austin will legalize the “modern form” of telehealth. Texas is the last state to legalize the computerized service available in the rest of the country. If this bill is signed into law, patients will be able to ...
In Coding
May 8th, 2017
Modifiers GT Via interactive audio and video telecommunications systems and GQ Via an asynchronous telecommunications system apply only when reporting telehealth services. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules stipulate that as a condition of payment for telehealth services, providers “…must use an interactive audio and video telecommunications system that permits real-time commu...
In CMS
Apr 25th, 2017
More than half of the patient encounters at Kaiser Permanente, the west-coast based healthcare system, are online, according to their CEO, Bernard Tyson. Speaking at at Nashville meeting reported by Health Dive, Tyson told the group that 52 percent of the more than 100 million patient encounters at Kaiser take place remotely. The visits, which deal ...
In Billing
Apr 24th, 2017
Telehealth is growing in popularity and scope. Most local markets have facilities or patient groups seeing patients via the internet. But there are so many facets to telehealth and reimbursement is relatively recent. How do you make sure the online service provided is reimbursable? Here are 5 tips that will help you be reimbursed: Be ...
In Coding
Jan 27th, 2017
If you’re 35 to 44 years old and have children under 18 years old, you’re more likely to switch primary care providers (PCP) if he or she provides telehealth visits. If so, you’re part of 20 percent of the population who’d do so, recent Harris Poll studies indicate. The studies, commissioned by American Well, a telehealth ...