The Meaningful Use incentive program model could be used to create a telemedicine incentive program and increase adoption of the service, according to a new article in Telemedicine and e-Health.
Telemedicine has been receiving a lot of media attention recently, with initiatives in Congress, the Federation of State Medical Board's Interstate Licensure Compact now ready to launch, and more health insurers than ever paying for it.
So I'm a bit surprised that a recent proposal published inTelemedicine and e-Health has garnered so little attention, positive or negative.
The authors, from the Colorado Telehealth Network, Colorado Access, and other organizations, propose that the Meaningful Use incentive program be used as a "national framework" for integrated telemedicine and create a tiered incentive program to increase provider participation in telemedicine. The "integrated telemedicine model" would parallel the Meaningful Use program and be comprised of three stages, just like the ones in Meaningful Use: first adoption, then improved clinical processes and then improved outcomes. Read more...
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