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Information and training to make your telemedicine program more effective.

CMS temporarily relaxing rules, allowing Medicare payments; has telehealth toolkit available.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is temporarily relaxing rules on telemedicine, and allowing Medicare to pay for telehealth visits. The temporary rules will be in place during the COVID pandemic. The CMS says that “Federal rules allow Medicaid services to be delivered via telehealth across all populations.”
You can see the CMS list of do’s and don’ts relative to what’s allowed in telemedicine visits by clicking here.

CMS has also produced a “toolkit” that gives out even more details on its telehealth guidance and lists lots of official sources for more information Click here.

AMA telemedicine resources

The American Medical Association (AMA) has several resources available to help you get successfully into telemedicine. Telehealth Implementation Playbook is a 120-page book that contains lots of advice and information, including a 12-step process to get you going.

Firsthand advice from small practice physician on Youtube

Go to YouTube if you want to get some first-hand advice from a small practice physician who has been successfully using telemedicine in her practice for 3 years. She’s Dr. Carolynn Francavilla Brown, a family physician and obesity medicine specialist in Colorado.

Resources from National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center

The National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center is based at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). It’s had a lot of experience in telehealth and has a website that’s packed with lots of educational materials, advice, training and product information on telemedicine: https://telehealthtechnology.org/

HIPAA rules will not be enforced

HIPAA rules are not being enforced for telehealth users during the pandemic. Here’s what the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Right says, “Covered health care providers will not be subject to penalties for violations of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules that occur in the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.”
You can get more details from the HHS Faq site here: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/telehealth-faqs-508.pdf

SAMHSA relaxes rules

Also, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has relaxed its rules on patient disclosures when using telehealth. The agency says, “There has been an increased need for telehealth services, and in some areas without adequate telehealth technology, providers are offering telephonic consultations to patients. In such instances, providers may not be able to obtain written patient consent for disclosure of substance use disorder records.”

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