Telehealth in the form of video consults is well-suited to value-based payment models, panelists said, because the technology is structured for patient interaction, CPT codes are available and the amount of physician time can be recorded easily.
Community Health System claims to have seen a range of benefits including shortened wait times, improved compliance with Joint Commission standards and more revenue through the use of a home-grown telepsychiatry program.
Healthcare spending increased by $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013 and increases in healthcare service price and intensity were related to more than 50% of the increase, according to a recent JAMA report. The researchers analyzed five possible factors to spending increases: change in population size, population aging, disease prevalence or incidence, service utilization and service price and intensity.
Statistically speaking, patients have a better chance of finding a doctor in Massachusetts than they do in Mississippi. That’s according to a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that examines current physician supply, medical school enrollment and graduate medical education in the United States, and includes profiles providing snapshots on individual states.