Broader Telehealth Would Improve Medicare
Broader use of telehealth in Medicare programs would improve the quality of patient care and improve efficiency, according to comments Philips Healthcare submitted recently to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The comments were made in response to a request by CMS for suggestions on innovative ways to improve quality, savings, and efficiency in Medicare health delivery.
- Philips said coordinated telehealth programs offer cost-effective solutions in managing patients with ongoing needs, especially those with medically complex or chronic conditions.
- Philips urged Medicare to define telehealth more broadly than just the remote provision of services that would otherwise have been provided face-to-face.
- Philips urged Medicare to recognize the broader role of telehealth in such areas as remote monitoring, point-of-care testing, and coordinated care.