Tip #1: Don’t get lost in the terminology – telehealth and telemedicine are two different things.
Although both terms are used interchangeably by some, the meanings of telehealth and telemedicine are technically different.
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Telehealth incorporates Telemedicine, but includes many other things as well; telehealth is not referring to a specific service, but rather encompasses several different services and practices. The four applied domains of telehealth, as defined by the Center for Connected Health Policy, are:
• Live Videoconferencing: a two-way interaction between patient and provider
• Store-and-Forward: Transmission of health history from one provider to another
• Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM): Personal health data exchange from patient to provider
• Mobile Health (mHealth): Practice and education supported by electronic communication (texts, alerts, etc.).
Alternatively, Telemedicine refers specifically to consultation or examination between practitioner and patient through telecommunication. These services include mental health counseling and dentistry.
State Medicaid and private insurance programs may broaden the definition or use the term differently, however. Pay close attention to how these entities define telemedicine or telehealth services to ensure proper understanding of the regulatory framework as well as the proper utilization of and reimbursement for these services.
If your entity is just getting their telehealth-feet wet or you’re looking to refine your entity’s use of telehealth practices, The Advis Group is here to offer expert guidance. Start by speaking with a consultant at 708.478.7030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.