Most analysts predict that 40-60% (or more) of ambulatory visits could be appropriately treated via telehealth – both in the US and globally. The catch is that they never predict “when”.
The legal and regulatory obstacles to telehealth have pretty much been put to bed in the US. The FSMB is supportive. The technology is mature and EHR integration is progressing.
The arguments for greater patient access and convenience along with improved provider efficiency are seemingly compelling.
To me, the critical remaining barrier is universal reimbursement at or near parity – without economic remuneration (or equivalently a capitated system), it will be hard to motivate providers and health systems to shift substantial volumes to telehealth.
What DO YOU active physicians see as the obstacles to offering or even encouraging telehealth options to your patients where clinically appropriate?
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