Two-thirds of providers say Medicare, Medicaid reimbursement would accelerate telemedicine plans

The majority of providers indicate expanded reimbursement would accelerate their plans to use telemedicine, according to a Reaction Data survey.

In July, CMS made a series of suggestions to expand remote care in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program for 2019. For example, the proposal would allow physicians to practice telemedicine without establishing a prior in-person relationship with each patient.

Only 33 percent of the more than 200 C-level executives, IT directors and physician leaders surveyed by Reaction Data said they were aware of CMS' announcement. However, 63 percent said efforts to increase telemedicine reimbursement would speed up their plans to implement and use the technology.

Nearly half of survey participants (47 percent) said they had already implemented a telemedicine solution at their hospital or clinic. Twenty-four percent of respondents said they use a homegrown solution, whlie the remaining 23 percent said they contract with a telemedicine software or service provider.

To download Reaction Data's survey, click here.

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