Tag Archives: telehealth

How the pandemic has accelerated digital payments in telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined how health care is delivered as well as how people pay for it. On the delivery side, patients and doctors offices have embraced telehealth appointments; on the financial side, patients have turned to contactless payment modalities and phone apps to handle their balances.  Zotec Partners, a healthcare payment vendor, reports that the… Read More »

Telehealth can increase nurse workloads, study shows

A study published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research found that patients using at-home monitoring systems for blood glucose and blood pressure levels received almost twice as many “nursing activities” as patients who received usual care.  In other words, relying on telehealth to manage Type 2 diabetes and hypertension could heighten nurse workloads.  At… Read More »

Interstate licensure for telehealth can fuel medical practice growth

When it comes to using telehealth to treat patients out of state, most physicians are mindful about licensure issues. But some are not aware that if you don’t have a license to practice medicine in a given state, it isn’t just malpractice: It’s a criminal offense. Licensing restrictions have been eased to facilitate care during… Read More »

UnitedHealth, Cigna to expand Medicare Advantage footprints, touting telehealth for 2021

Major payers are expanding their Medicare Advantage footprints next year, and focusing on telehealth benefits and reduced cost-sharing — both trends accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased competition puts more plans in the market with low or no premiums as bullish payers have reported massive profits from deferred care over the past several months.… Read More »