Ways to increase patient engagement during the pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic is still significantly affecting every aspect of our lives and access to healthcare is no different. Once again, hospitals are reporting an increasing number of COVID-related hospitalizations, leading to less capacity for other patients needing medical treatment. Unfortunately, there are many patients in need of medical care for other, non-COVID-related, conditions and injuries. While it is unavoidable for in-person attention for certain situations/conditions, many non-critical cases can easily be handled via telehealth. In this scenario, for both providers and patients, patient engagement and adherence to the treatment plan are critical for achieving the best clinical outcomes and avoiding unnecessary readmissions.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Healthcare

Nowadays, we use many telemetry products and gadgets to collect increasingly large and complex datasets daily. It is impossible for humans to process and analyze such a high volume of data quickly enough to understand and utilize it in better care delivery. This is where Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms come into the equation. Based on the predictions by Global Market Insights, the Healthcare AI market is projected to surpass $34.5 billion by 2027.

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2022 CMS Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule to Support Access to Telehealth

While the process of evaluating whether certain telehealth services that were added during the COVID-19 public health emergency should be permanently included in the Medicare telehealth services list is still ongoing, such services will remain on the list until December 31, 2023, when the final decision is expected. The same applies to certain cardiac and intensive cardiac rehabilitation codes, which will also be preserved until 2023. In addition, CMS permanently adopted codes and payments for longer virtual check-in services.

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Congress urged to expand Telehealth Options for Employees

On November 1st, 2021, the American Telehealth Association and nearly 50 other organizations have written a letter to Congress requesting that the temporary pandemic regulations pertaining to telehealth services be made permanent and categorized as an excepted benefit for certain employees.

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Remote patient monitoring drives high patient engagement

Remote patient monitoring has been around for some time now. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the benefits of remote monitoring in patient care and helped many chronic disease patients that did not have traditional access to their providers manage their conditions from the comfort of their homes.

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Time is right for providers to evaluate RPM

COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the rapid adoption of telehealth by providers across the country. During these times many providers were forced to completely switch to telehealth. Both providers and their patients experienced the benefits of telehealth.

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Role of telehealth in serving the aging population

The population of the U.S. is aging. Today, there are more than 46 million adults aged 65 and over – which makes up roughly 14% of our population.1 This number is expected to keep growing rapidly and reach 22% by the year 2050. This is a significant increase from the 1950s when only 8% the of the population was 65 and over.1 In this decade, the last of the baby boomers will reach the age of 65, and it is projected that by 2030 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will be 65 and over.2

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Asynchronous Consultations available through Vivabot

During the COVID-19 public health emergency different modes of telehealth have become rapidly adopted and utilized to provide adequate care to the millions of patients across the country. For many, the first thought when the word telehealth is mentioned is a live video interaction between the provider and the patient. However, telehealth understands many different technologies and tools that can help deliver care

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ATA Comments on CMS 2022 PFS Proposed Rule

On September 1st, 2021, American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has submitted and shared their response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 2022 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. In the submission, they provided valuable comments to some of the key items including the in-person requirement for certain telemental health services, allowing additional providers to provide telehealth services to eligible patients, appropriate technologies that can be used to access and provide telehealth services, an extension of Category 3 services, and remote physiological and therapeutic monitoring.

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