Your doctors are already talking about it, they want to extend their practice (and their possible patient pool and reimbursements) with Telemedicine. How can you implement a program that allows your doctors to do what they want, while still protecting the organization and sensitive ePHI under HIPAA standards?
CMS has recognized the benefits of telemedicine by adopting reimbursement rules for a variety of telemedicine services. Effective January 1, 2015, CMS began reimbursing several types of services including: annual wellness visits, psychoanalysis, family psychotherapy, and prolonged E&M services provided via telemedicine.
Compliance with (HIPAA) means that not only the telemedicine platform need to be compliant, all providers, patients, and staff using the platform also need to ensure they are in compliance with HIPAA.
What are your compliance parameters for conducting virtual medicine? Are they HIPAA Compliant?
- Recognize the practicability of telemedicine in your organization, especially otolaryngology.
- Create an assessment plan for how to stay compliant with the new technology, in plain English, in everyday environments.
- Prepare your staff to support the new virtual services and stay compliant.
About Eric Christensen, CHCP
Eric Christensen, CHCP, is the Director of Client Services at Healthcare Compliance Pros
Eric is a nationally recognized speaker and author on compliance topics and practice management. Eric co-founded Healthcare Compliance Pros in 2011, bringing his 30+ years’ experience in healthcare compliance, IT administration, and education to the organization. Eric’s background in IT administration has been instrumental in providing a technical view of an organization's adherence to HIPAA Privacy and Security policies. Eric’s experience and expertise are highly regarded in the Security Risk Audits he is asked to perform for hundreds of healthcare entities. Eric’s experience brings a unique perspective into compliance and implementation in the medical community.Eric possesses a broad knowledge of telemedicine, e-PHI, MIPS/MACRA, employee hiring and firing, and more. Eric’s educational experience in Healthcare Administration and Information Technology partners well with his many certifications; MCSE, CCNA, CHCP, and others.
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