Unfortunately, drastic times might open doors that host unprecedented opportunities. In the wake of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, it’s safe to say more horizons have emerged, but we can all agree that telehealth Medicare provision is undoubtedly groundbreaking. Although CMS’ Fostering Innovations Initiative was a top priority plan in Trump’s administration to improve telehealth Medicare for seniors, the pandemics exigencies were crucial in making telemedicine a lifeline.
Telemedicine, including Medicare telehealth and other like services, is now essential to provide remote safe healthcare provision to seniors and other Medicare holders. Through authority and many a time via capitalization of various congressional authorizations in pandemic relief legislation, CMS has managed to topple policies that hinder telemedicine healthcare services. This, in turn, allows a variety of beneficiaries to receive safe, clinic-quality Medicare.
Amazing new features
We strive to make more telehealth features available for vulnerable individuals at home even after the pandemic passes. Now, Medicare patients can run an eye exam as well as ventilator management from their couch. We’ve added more than 135 features for a more convenient clinical tool during the entire epidemic, which you could use to complement traditional Medicare. Other features Medicare beneficiaries will have access to include:
- Telehealth-eligible psychiatric and psychological services
- Remote emergency room access
- Accessible and palatable virtual check-ups
- Expanded list of providers from occupational to physical therapists
There are more exclusive features and benefits accompanied by telemedicine. It reduces the risk seniors, and other Medicare holders are exposed to when seeking standard face to face meetups, for instance.
The future of telemedicine
Telemedicine healthcare provision is currently experiencing a rapid but unprecedented boom as the preferred clinical tool. According to preliminary data, more than 9million Americans sought the services of telemedicine in traditional healthcare provision. This displays a 5000pc rise in satisfied patients within the last three months. The data also indicates that 60% of mental health patients using telehealth-eligible psychiatric services engaged telemedicine to minimize the stigma associated with mental disorders. This is an excellent way to protect both healthcare providers and patients while conserving scarce PPE, which could be used by harder-pressed medics. Nonetheless, Congress needs to enact more favorable policies to ensure all Medicare holders, including seniors, are adequately covered.