Tech med and telemedicine
Telemedicine is being utilized by rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in the COVID-19 era in vastly expanded, new and exciting ways. Practices nationwide ramped up use of telemedicine services earlier this year to provide safer rheumatology care to patients. As a reaction, payors scrambled to change how these services were billed. As clinics slowly offer more in-person appointments, telemedicine is here to stay in rheumatology, so how can you maximize its potential and avoid pitfalls? This practical session will cover current CMS and private payor guidelines for telehealth, ACR resources to help rheumatologists utilize telehealth platforms, outcomes-based research on telemedicine care, and how rheumatologists can implement sustainable, profitable telemedicine programs based on best practices.