Future Healthcare Today cultivates the latest news and trends in the health IT industry, with a particular focus on health it. In this week’s Roundup, we look at how both rural Nevada and private insurance companies are embracing telemedicine and companies like WebMD are looking to enter the health it space. In addition, we offer a look into the seven things to know about the latest Medicare Telehealth reimbursement bill.
All of this and more in this latest health it roundup:
WebMD Sees Opening to Tap into Telehealth Space
WebMD, an online healthcare information company, is looking into entering the world of telemedicine as acquisition prices become more reasonable. “We believe that alternative primary care like health it will eventually gain a wider adoption, and we think that WebMD is well-positioned to provide access to those services because of the trust in our brands and our distribution,” said WebMD CEO David Schlanger.
Telemedicine: Just What the Doctor Ordered for NV Rurals?
Did you know that only ten percent of physicians in the U.S. practice in rural areas? But 25 percent of the population lives in rural areas? Finding good healthcare in rural Nevada is increasingly becoming more difficult. Many Nevada residents even live hundreds of miles away from the nearest hospital. Telemedicine, however, is offering a way to address the issue.
Virtual Reality: More Insurers are Embracing Telehealth
Private insurance companies have begun paying providers for various telemedicine services, including behavioral health and stroke. Especially amid rising demand, technology used to treat patients in rural areas is crucial. Telemedicine continues to increasingly attract companies that want to offer modern technology to employees of the “Netflix generation” who expect on-demand services.
7 Things to Know about the Latest Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement Bill
Beckers Health IT & CIO Review offers new insight into the telemedicine legislation, which was recently introduced in the Senate. The legislation seeks to promote the access to and use of telemedicine by waiving Medicare’s restrictions on when it will cover services delivered remotely. Here are seven things you should know about the bill: