My role as a blogger has never been to pick a political side. Rest assured my subsequent analysis of the recent letter sent to Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services) by influential Congressmen (Republican leaders Dave Camp and Wally Herger, chair of the Ways and Means Committee and its health subcommittee, respectively, and Fred Upton and Joe Pitts, chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee and its health subcommittee, respectively) is based solely on fact checking and not politics.
I believe that if there is to be a battle to change the course of the Meaningful Use program the initiative will need to be based on solid facts, not flat-out inaccuracies. This attempt to reverse course on EHR adoption is so amateurish that I can’t help but believe that there is ZERO chance that it will succeed. Continue reading…
In a recent blog post titled, Beyond Meaningful Use/Stimulus — EHR is a Revenue Enhancer — Time to think BIG!, we featured our new virtual office visit feature. The response to the blog post has been remarkable. Physicians were interested in learning more about how virtual visits work with Medicare patients. As a service to our providers, I have attached a letter from Medicare that clarifies their position regarding charging patients “on a cash basis” for this service.
The bottom line:
- Medicare pays for “telemedicine” only in certain cases when the provider is a “distant site practitioner” (see our prior blog)
- For providers who don’t meet the “distant site practitioner” standard, the service is a “non-covered service” and charging “on a cash basis” is within the provider’s right
- An Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) is not required, but the provider may issue a voluntary ABN to the beneficiary indicating that the service is non-covered by Medicare
Using video-based virtual office visits make taking care of home bound seniors easier — Who says doctors don’t make house calls anymore? With MediTouch EHR a virtual house call is just a click away! Continue reading…
The next version of Apple’s iOS operating system (iOS 6) for iPhone and iPad (versions 2 and “New”) was announced this week and there are plenty of new features for iOS device users, but most of them do not directly impact MediTouch EHR users running our award-winning EHR software on an iPad… Yet we have discovered a couple that should make MediTouch users happy, but we advise waiting to download iOS 6 until Apple’s first service update becomes available. Continue reading…
We will be authoring a couple of blog posts on how MediTouch EHR® can enhance revenue for your practice. Most EHR/EMR vendors publicize Meaningful Use as the sole revenue enhancement methodology related to adopting an EMR/EHR. It takes a special kind of EHR/EMR vendor to create software that goes beyond the typical tactics with regard to increasing your practices revenue line. Again, we are not speaking about ways that EHRs save money — they do, but that is not the emphasis of our next couple of blog posts, the focus is the top line.
Telemedicine, e-Visits, Virtual Office Visits — You pick the title… We have the solution
If you have read some of my previous blog posts you may have guessed that I just can’t get EHR related issues off of my mind. At a party or a barbeque I can’t help but do market research regarding how my friends and family feel about new ideas that our team is considering, regarding EHR and patient portal software. One question I like to ask people is:
“Would you pay around 2-3 times your co-pay to get medical care for certain non-emergency health issues and NOT have to visit the doctor’s office?”
I always get a yes.
So, per my very small sample size, our team concluded that if we could find a way to integrate an electronic visit or virtual office visit within the MediTouch® system, then our doctors would be able to provide a service that is in great and growing demand. And, of course we have found that method!
Regarding terminology, we will use the term virtual office visit rather than e-visit or telemedicine, because we think it best describes the services that can be provided via MediTouch EHR and the YourHealthFile® Patient Portal.
Today, August 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) released the Final Rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2. With regard to timing most of the Stage 2 Rule is what we expected and planned upon, such as the delay of Stage 2 until 2014. However, there was one element of the final rule that pleasantly surprised even us, and should do the same for our MediTouch users. Continue reading…