(ED: Mr. Bowman is being generous by reporting that government has been a “lagging partner”.  Other descriptive phrases could have been used, but let’s form a committee and get back to you in a year or two to figure it out)


July 15, 2013 | By 

Hospitals that used telemedicine technology and referred patients to children’s facilities saw their revenue increase significantly, according to research published this month in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.

For the study, researchers retrospectively examined billing information for patients transferred from 16 hospitals that used telemedicine. They compared information before and after implementation of telemedicine tools from July 2003 to December 2010.The researchers, from the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, found that the average number of patients transferred annually by 16 hospitals using telemedicine to children’s facilities nearly doubled following deployment of such services, from 143 transfers before deployment to 285 after deployment

. In that same vein, the researchers determined that average annual hospital revenue for the facilities examined jumped from $2.4 million before telemedicine deployment to $4 million afterward.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week proposed a policy change to the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that would expand payment for telehealth services. It proposes to change the definition of “rural” to avoid disruptions in services if a location’s geographic designation changes.The American Telemedicine Association has called government a “lagging partner” to telehealth, erecting barriers to adoption for two decades.
Real Live Albatross
bill aimed at boosting telehealth to reduce hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries in rural and underserved areas was reintroduced in Congress earlier this year.To learn more:
– here’s the study’s abstract
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Read more: Telemedicine helps hospitals double revenue – FierceHealthIT http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/telemedicine-helps-hospitals-double-revenue/2013-07-15#ixzz2ZCksDY00
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