WellPoint Offers Telemedicine Program to Physicians

Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint is offering some physicians the chance to be paid for consultations through online video, without having to submit claims, according to an American Medical News report.

This telemedicine program, made available through a website called LiveHealth Online, is the extension of a previously announced plan that allows WellPoint members to have online video conferences with any physician in their state.

WellPoint will pay physicians for each consult, with the claim automatically generated through LiveHealth Online. The patient fee would be based on the fee for an office visit. Physicians can prescribe medication but not controlled substances. Patients can view physicians' biographies and credentials on the LiveHealth Online website.

WellPoint is talking to medical groups about signing up for the program. It has not disclosed how many physicians have signed up, according to the report.

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