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Despite Benefits, Reimbursement Roadblocks Slowing In-home Telehealth Adoption

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2020 1:57 PM

Telehealth services are widely recognized for their ability to help patients access care and lowering healthcare costs, but the roadblocks on reimbursements from Medicare are stopping it from being adopted by more home health providers. 

“It’s not a panacea by any means, but it is an appropriate tool to facilitate lower costs, increased quality, patient and provider satisfaction, and increased access,” Dr. Christopher Davis, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, told Home Health Care News. “My organization is making a long bet that this is where health care is heading in the future. How we practice in a decade will be radically different than it is now.”

Currently, Medicare is only reimbursing for telehealth services in very limited scope, namely patients with end-stage renal disease and certain mental health conditions.

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