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We are excited to invite you to come see us at our booth at ATA 2017: Telehealth 2.0 / The Transformation Advantage – April 23-25, 2017 at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In fact, we want to provide you with free Exposition only admission to attend!
Ninety-five percent of digital healthcare startups are destined to fail. What sets apart the winners from the losers? What does it take to succeed in business of telemedicine? Doug Shinsato, CEO of Anthill Ventures seed incubator and management consultant firm gives us an investor’s perspective of the telemedicine industry and the repeated lessons he’s learned from over thirty years of investing in and working with digital businesses and technology companies that have both succeeded and failed.Continue Reading…
Telemedicine success comes from simple solutions easily adopted by physicians
Telemedicine has been practiced for years where it has been saving taxpayers money such as in the Texas prisons. The problem was that mainstream telemedicine devices were clunky and complicated to use. Physicians then and now were not willing to spend time to learn how to use these devices. However, the demand for telemedicine virtual visits is on the rise and is expected to reach 130M by 2018. What is needed to get physicians on board is simple technology they already know how to use – something as simple as Skype yet with the security standards to meet the federal health privacy regulations.
Best patient use cases for telemedicine
The best patient use cases for telemedicine include consultations, patient follow-ups, patient check-ins, patient transfers and patient monitoring. In these situations, the patients need to travel frequently for repeated sessions when most of the time a face-to-face session is not necessary. Sometimes, it may even be better for doctors to be able to observe and monitor the patients in their home environment.
Telemedicine Reimbursement Issues
One of the biggest concerns of physicians who want to do telemedicine is the issue of reimbursement. Depending on your case, the real situation may not be that bad. If your state has a telemedicine parity law, private payers have to reimburse. The good news is that as of 2017 the majority of states (31) have telemedicine parity laws and seven more have proposed laws. The “Big Five” insurance companies also cover telemedicine: BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, Humana and UHC. CMS
According to CMS (p. 6), “Submit claims for telehealth services using the appropriate CPT or HCPCS code for the professional service along with the telehealth modifier GT, ‘via interactive audio and video telecommunications systems’ (for example, 99201 GT).”
The GT code certifies “that the beneficiary was present at an eligible originating site when you furnished the telehealth service.”
For Medicaid telemedicine reimbursement, “states may select from a variety of HCPCS codes (T1014 and Q3014), CPT codes and modifiers (GT, U1-UD) in order to identify, track and reimburse for telemedicine services.”
Telemedicine lessons from not so successful practices
HealthSpot cobbled together things that weren’t seamless and Doctor on Demand went after the wrong market bypassing the insurance companies. TelaDoc went public and they cannot change things to fulfill the market needs easily now. The biggest problem is insurance doesn’t pay and Medicare rules make no sense as it requires the patients to be in a certain physical location to practice telemedicine. We will see more success if the government changes the rules in the future.
Watch the full video to learn more implementation details of telemedicine systems.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Habash was named to Castle Connolly’s elite America’s Top Doctors list for 2015, which represents the top 1% of physicians in the nation. She began a successful medical career after the state’s Florida Society of Ophthalmology named her Young Ophthalmologist of the Year “for demonstrating leadership, service, competence, and devotion to the highest ethical and professional standards.” She was then asked to serve as a Board Member and President of the FSO, the governing body for all ophthalmologists in the state of Florida. Dr. Habash was recently appointed to join the faculty of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the top eye hospital in the country. As a fun aside, she is the official eye surgeon for the UFC organization, providing surgical and trauma care for the MMA fight champions. Dr. Habash is also Chief Medical Officer of Everbridge and Co-Founder of HipaaChat. She was listed by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top Healthcare Entrepreneurs to Know for 2016.
Telehealth Failures & Secrets To Success (TFSS) gets beyond the market hype to discuss the realities of doing telemedicine and the challenges facing the telehealth industry.
Join our TFSS Webinar series with telehealth experts and thought leaders from Microsoft, Qualcomm, Intel, and healthcare systems across the nation!
VSee will soon announce VSee Clinic, empowering healthcare organizations to build stronger patient relationships and manage their practice online.
VSee is excited to announce at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS17) Conference in Orlando that its app for the Salesforce Health Cloud, VSee Clinic, will extend the capabilities of Salesforce Health Cloud with HIPAA-compliant online waiting room for triage and video conferencing. Health Cloud gives healthcare providers the ability to make smarter care decisions, engage with patients across their caregiver networks, and manage patient data in new and powerful ways. Continue Reading…
Last Friday, VSee released a new version for our client software on Mac OSX and iPad.
- iPad – version 3.6.2
- Mac – version 3.4.2
We’ve managed to make some small updates over the last month that we really wanted to get out and therefore we’ve decided to release this minor update for Mac OSX and iPad.
See all changes below:Continue Reading…
Join Dr. Milton Chen this coming Thurs. Feb. 9 for the kickoff webinar of the Telehealth Failures & Secrets To Success (TFSS) Webinar Series with guest presenter Dr. Glenn Hammack of NuPhysicia. Get past the marketing hype and discover how to overcome the telehealth adoption black hole. Get your pressing questions answered as we learn from the failures and successes of top healthcare innovators, health system execs, and telehealth experts. This is a free telehealth webinar series.
Download the recording of the webinar here:
“How are payers reimbursing for telehealth services?” “What is the strategy on billing for telehealth?” These are some common questions we hear from those starting or expanding their telehealth services. There are a variety of telehealth payment models available to health providers; some involve reimbursement while others generate new revenue streams. Moreover, with the growing emphasis on value-based care these healthcare payment models are sure to be changing. So what kind of telehealth payment strategies will help keep your telehealth services alive?
What are the rules in Canada when it comes to patient privacy? Canada’s federal law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), is comparable in many ways to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the United States. However, there are several differences to keep in mind. We’ve summarized the key takeaways from this excellent post by Canadian data expert Waël Hassan.Continue Reading…
Why are lifestyle interventions failing? We know we have an obesity and chronic condition crisis that is costing us millions in healthcare each year. We know that we can reduce the risk of all chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) by 80% by simply eating better, exercising regularly, and not smoking. We also know that these changes don’t just happen on their own. Laurence Girard, founder and CEO of FruitStreet – an online platform for lifestyle disease management – shares how telehealth tools for the dietician, nurse coach or lifestyle health coach are a game changer for reducing obesity and chronic diseases.
What does the failure of Blockbuster and the success of Netflix have to teach us about succeeding at telehealth? With his 30 years of experience in the media industry and 10 years in the digital health industry, Randy Parker, founder and Chief Business Developer of the MDLIVE, prepares us to succeed at digital health by pointing out the parallels between the digitization of media and the digitization of healthcare.Continue Reading…
Are video visits fundamentally not scalable? Does your EMR really have to integrate with your telehealth platform? Can I get my existing equipment to work with a telehealth platform? Are telehealth platforms really the way to go? Dr. Erika Chuang, VSee VP of Product Management takes us through the fundamental challenges of designing a telehealth platform that is both simple to use and yet provides an integrated experience from the perspective of the designers and engineers in the trenches.Continue Reading…
Guest blog by Mike Simmons, CEO of CredSimple
Telehealth continues to emerge as an important sector of the healthcare industry but the industry is still working to implement regulations that reflect this new area of patient care. In the interim, proactive telehealth companies will see many advantages to installing a medical credentialing process before outside authorities mandate it. And the good news is, with today’s technology, you don’t have to be bogged down by the manual processes and long turnaround times of the broader healthcare industry.Continue Reading…
Telemedicine as a means of delivering healthcare will be the topic of an upcoming panel discussion. Don’t miss Milton Chen, CEO of VSee, speaking at the Golden Triangle Local Program Council’s special event:
“TELEMEDICINE IN THE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEM”
(This is an ACHE Qualified Education (Category II) Program and is self-reported by ACHE members)
WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:30pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: Lamar University’s Dr. Richard L. Price Auditorium In the John Gray Center, Beaumont, TX (Refreshments Available)
- How telemedicine has been used to care for patients and in what settings
- How effective telemedicine has been in the treatment of patients
- What the financial and reimbursement implications of employing telemedicine are in the care of patients
- What are the future applications of telemedicine and how the potential shift in healthcare
reimbursement toward assuming greater risk may impact health care providers’ use of telemedicine
Visit ache-setc.org to register before Monday, January 23.
Glenn Hammack, OD – Founding President/CEO, NuPhysicia, Inc.
Nancy Dickey, MD – Executive Director, Rural and Community Health Institute
Praphul Joshi, PhD – Associate Professor, Program Director, Masters of Public Health, Lamar University
George Christafa Bone, DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice, Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System
Milton Chen, PhD – Co-Founder & CEO, VSee Lab
This event is supported by the Southeast Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Ninety percent of healthcare executives say they have or are starting telehealth programs. Twenty-nine states have policies mandating telehealth reimbursement. Thirty-five percent of employers now offer telehealth. As many as 70% of physician, ER, urgent care visits are estimated to be manageable by phone or video. Surveys show over and over again that patients value convenience foremost. Everyone is rushing to deploy telemedicine without really knowing what telemedicine is or what it takes to have a successful telemedicine program. Looking back on her many experiences and mistakes as a successful telemedicine pioneer and health care innovator, Kristi Henderson offers 5 principles for starting a telemedicine program:Continue Reading…
Is your telehealth enterprise ready to survive and thrive through the unknown? Healthcare is a highly regulated industry in the midst of big changes. Using lessons from the Asian financial crisis, Bosnia, and Jeet Kune Do, Chief Medical Officer of CEP America, Prentice Tom, delivers a humorous and insightful presentation on the key characteristics a telehealth startup needs to have to succeed. Learn important tips for achieving telehealth success and “breaking into” the digital health landscape.Continue Reading…
At this year’s TFSS conference, we had the pleasure of hearing about a telesurgery project from the field work of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). MSF is one of VSee’s most inspiring humanitarian organizations. Whether it’s providing aid in war-torn countries, nations hit by natural disasters, or areas facing epidemics, they’re often the last ones out or the only humanitarian organization operating in that zone. Continue Reading…
Healthcare SEO is an essential way for providers to improve their foot traffic by improving their internet traffic. More than 70% of first-time visitors find their providers through a search engine. That means search is going to be crucial in obtaining new patients. Continue Reading…
It is undeniable that technology is transforming healthcare. New health technology emerges every day, altering the way medical professionals practice medicine. Read all about the ground-breaking developments changing the face of the healthcare sector. Continue Reading…
What is a platform and why do you need one to do telehealth? Paul Smolke of Microsoft argues that a telehealth platform helps patients to buy into your program. Continue Reading…