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CORONAVIRUS

AMA puts out telemedicine guide

The American Medical Association (AMA) has compiled a guide to help physicians get telemedicine up and running so they can safely care for patients. The telemedicine quick guide outlines the first steps to get started and lays out key considerations to implementing telemedicine and explains policy, coding and payment. Even if your practice didn’t use telemedicine before, it may be an option now. Federal government agencies temporarily relaxed certain federal privacy regulations during the COVID-19 crisis and expanded payment policies. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is letting physicians provide beneficiaries a wider range of health care services without having to visit a health care facility. This CMS fact sheet explains more. Also, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General is waiving Medicare’s cost-sharing requirements for COVID-19 treatment delivered via telehealth from a doctor’s office or hospital emergency department. Learn more with… . . . read more.

PANDEMIC

Protecting your medical practice during uncertain times

By John W. McDaniel bio Given the recent disruption and decreased demand for physician office services, coupled with the foreboding predictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, both hospital- affiliated and private medical practices are having to adjust their operations in order to provide billable patient care services while salvaging the cash flow/liquidity of the practice. Indeed, physicians have been slow to adopt telemedicine as an essential adjunct service; yet, the current external environment beyond our control has caused physicians to respond and explore ways to optimize operational changes in terms of modifying the traditional business model of physician practices in order to be financially viable now and in the future. The greatest change has resulted in realizing the benefits of telemedicine as physicians are discovering the benefits of performing patient assessments… . . . read more.

BLOG

What you need to consider before getting started in telemedicine

By Nick Hernandez  bio
Many practices are hearing about telemedicine and becoming increasingly interested in how such a program could…


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TELEHEALTH

How telehealth can transform your medical practice

Telehealth— the practice of providing a range of healthcare services remotely, as opposed to face-to-face— is revolutionizing the practice of…


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HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

2018 MGMA conference inspires practice leaders to transform the healthcare industry

By Lisa A. Eramo, MA
Leadership, operational best practices, healthcare consumerism, population health management, and value-based care were among the many topics discussed at the…


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TECHNOLOGY

When a smartphone camera can replace a visit to the doctor

Using smartphone cameras, parents can reliably take high-quality photographs of their child’s skin condition to send to a dermatologist for…


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