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Telehealth during COVID-19 and Beyond

Get resourceful with Telehealth

New temporary changes to federal regulations are meant to help you do that. COVID-19 has forced systems to move from strategic growth in one program direction to now serving every patient. It’s important to have discussions on the best ways to quickly scale up and reach more people. Think of how to use telephones, texting, and how to reach patients who have not consented to using these modes of communication before. Consider web-based and link-based services providers can use to easily expand to reach more people.

Providing TeleHealth Services in Missouri

So, you want to provide TeleHealth or TeleHospice services to your clients in Missouri.  You would already be aware than you can provide these services to private payer and privately insured clients, but what about reimbursement of your Medicaid and Medicare clients?

Well, the news is good.  As long as your clients meet the following criteria, you can claim for telehealth services just as you would for face to face care, and you can claim for remote patient monitoring as well.

Combat Coronavirus with Remote Patient Care

Patient cohorts with multiple chronic health conditions, and those over 60 are particularly susceptible to influenza and Coronavirus epidemics.  

Not only are your patients at increased risk, but those risks are also increased for care providers, and even family members.

One way to reduce the risk is to minimize unnecessary contact between patients and care providers by incorporating Remote Patient Monitoring and Care into the patients care plan.

Best Practice Guidance for Interactive Videoconferencing With Patients

The APA and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) released “Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health,” a guide for mental health providers who want to begin using interactive videoconferencing to offer services to their patients.

Unmet Home Health Care Needs

Unmet home health care needs have been linked to poor health, increased use of other health services, admission to nursing homes and reduced emotional well-being.

Data from a Community Health Survey describes home care use and unmet home care needs by type (i.e., home health care [HHC] and support services) in community-dwelling adults. Among the population with home care needs, the degree to which needs were met, partially met or unmet is presented, as well as information about the barriers to obtaining home care services and the places services were sought.

CENSON® Care Trials Hospital at Home Care

More than 20 years ago, the first randomized controlled trial comparing acute care at home versus treatment in an acute care hospital found no major outcome differences for their conditions, with most patients and caregivers preferring home hospital care.