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How Rural Medical Practices Can Benefit from the Expansion of Medicare for Telehealth Visits

Concerns over the presence of Covid-19 continue to have an impact on in-office visits for most medical practices in urban, suburban, and especially rural communities. The remote outlying areas are feeling an even deeper affect based on simple geography and limited access to public transportation. Furthering the impact, county-based van services have reduced capacity due to CDC guidelines.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the President's leadership, have broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive services from their physician without having to travel to an office. These changes continue to build on the regulatory flexibilities granted under the President’s emergency declaration waiver 1135, based on the "Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Act" ( Many barriers have been removed such as eliminating coinsurance and allowing patients to receive virtual care in their homes via multiple medical practice telehealth solutions. This is good news for medical practices that serve patients in rural communities across the country.

Practices can continue to increase visit-based revenue by utilizing an effective telehealth platform within their clinical workflow. We recommend our telehealth solution which is specifically designed to be used with independent medical practices. Our real time telehealth platform includes a mobile messaging and video consult application based in a fully HIPAA-compliant digital environment. By connecting providers, both internally and externally, as well as connecting patients to practices, this application leverages real-time delivery and notifications to boost responsiveness and engagement. A seamless care experience, with greater time and resource efficiency, makes our telehealth platform a unique offering for rural areas.

Some key features of the telehealth platform include:

● Provide secure and HIPAA compliant communication in real-time

● Allow staff and physician providers to work from home as needed

● Easily download transcripts into your EHR/EMR

● Video consults

● Voice to text

● Secure image sharing

TeleSpeech, which combines our telehealth platform with industry leading speech recognition software Nuance® Dragon® Medical One, can assist your practice in saving up to 2 hours a day with patient documentation during virtual visits. With specific templates focused on Covid-19 that are built into Dragon Medical One, physicians can complete patient notes and treatment plans using their own voice versus typing.

Reach out to our solutions team today to learn more about our complete TeleSpeech solution and ask about our FREE 7-day trial offer! | 866-977-3324 | 877-272-8280


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