How Medicare is Incentivizing Home Health Agencies to Adopt Remote Patient Monitoring
Karen Thomas, the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions and a national thought leader in the field of remote patient monitoring again joins Enterprise Radio.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Karen Thomas discuss the following:
- First, before we get into Medicare incentives, let’s discuss remote patient monitoring. What is remote patient monitoring, and what is it not?
- In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System so that home health agencies can include the cost of remote patient monitoring on their Medicare cost report forms. Why is this a big deal?
- Industry experts are saying that this change will drive better results for patients by encouraging value over volume and removing incentives to provide unnecessary care. Do you agree?
- Remote patient monitoring sounds like a big investment for home health agencies. Even though these costs will be allowable under the Medicare proposal, how does a home health agency – especially a smaller, independent agency with limited resources – overcome implementation barriers?
- Who wins in all this, the home care agency or the home care patient?
Summary: Medicare will soon reimburse home health agencies for remote patient monitoring services, which have been proven to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. If you are a home health agency that has not yet ventured into the remote patient monitoring arena, now is the time to do so. The fastest and easiest way to launch a remote patient monitoring initiative is to outsource the program to a firm such as Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, which has successfully been providing remote patient monitoring services to home health agencies for more than a decade.
Karen Thomas is a certified management accountant and the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, one of the leading telehealth monitoring companies in the U.S. Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, a lecturer for Missouri State University’s graduate-level Health Care Administration program, and a contributing author to, “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Karen has appeared on numerous webinars and has spoken at dozens of conferences on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, a past board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the American Society on Aging, and a past ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.
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LinkedIn (Karen Thomas): linkedin.com/in/karen-thomas-25123a10
LinkedIn (Advanced TeleHealth Solutions): linkedin.com/company/advanced-telehealth-solutions
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