As featured in Becker’s Spine Review

Telehealth became a necessary tool for health systems and patients across the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic to access needed healthcare remotely.

A major contributor to the success of telehealth over the past few months was CMS and commercial payers lifting restrictions and boosting pay rates for telehealth visits. While some of those benefits may roll back in the future, health systems are planning how to continue scaling their telehealth programs and turn them into revenue generators.

Here, 12 top health system executives outline their strategic approach to telehealth post-pandemic.

Barb Lato, MS, BSN, RN, CENP. Vice President of Patient Care & CNO of Aspirus Medford (Wis.) Hospital:¬†Aspirus has outstanding staff and processes in place to help keep our patients and employees safe, and telehealth remains an important part of our strategic plan due to our limited access to providers and resources. We are looking to expand our current telehealth system TeleHealth Solution as a way to keep more vulnerable patients in our skilled nursing facilities safe, by eliminating unnecessary exposures linked to trips to a doctor’s office or emergency room. We are also looking at ways to bring inpatient access to services such as psych and other specialties not typically found in critical access facilities.

 

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