Telehealth has been a trending topic in healthcare over the last decade. It became even hotter once the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allowed certain licensed clinicians to charge for this treatment modality and receive reimbursement for services provided. Simply put, telehealth involves the use of computers and mobile devices to access healthcare services remotely and manage an individual's health. Technologies used to deliver telehealth include videoconferencing, the Internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. There are a plethora of research articles that have proven the effectiveness and safety of telehealth especially for its ability to provide care for individuals who have barriers accessing the healthcare system. As small healthcare business or practice owners, you need to educate yourselves about telehealth as more opportunities are arising for you to play an active role in this delivery of caring for your patients.
In 2019, telehealth was valued as a $2.3 billion industry and it is expected to hit $130 billion by 2025. Has this piqued your interest yet small healthcare business or practice owners? There are many reasons that you should adopt telehealth in your small healthcare business or practice including expanded coverage to rural and/or underserved populations, improved patient-to-clinician engagement, and controlled costs of healthcare delivery. However, varying state legislation and state medical, nursing, and pharmacy regulatory boards have somewhat muddied best telehealth practice guidelines. If you have questions about implementing telehealth in your current small healthcare business or practice, please contact Dr. Antiqua N. Smart, NP, LLC for a telehealth consultation session today! Visit www.drantiquansmartnpllc.com for more information.
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