Jun 21st, 2017
Telehealth company Teladoc purchased the giant physician consulting firm Best Doctors for $440 million, adding the company’s network of 50,000 specialists to its stable of 3,100 providers. Teladoc already provides 20 million members access to healthcare via the Internet. It also provides services to businesses as part of their benefit packages. Best Doctors provides patients, providers, ...
Jun 19th, 2017
Telehealth is having such a great year being implemented the National Quality Forum (NQF)  issued a report outlining a measure framework with a list of measure concepts and standards for future measurement. With  Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and MIPS quality measures being implemented and refined, the long-evolving telehealth technologies are now ...
Jun 15th, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect2Health task force has updated its data of on-line access for chronically ill, rural Americans. The news isn’t encouraging. In Mapping Broadband Health in America, the FCC identified additional rural/urban gaps in care, especially for a growing number of chronically ill  patients whose nearby medical facilities have closed. The initia...
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...