Telemedicine in Home Health is a Good Idea

 What if you could spend $500 less on every patient episodeand maintain or improve your outcomes?That's what a well managed telemedicine/telehealth program can do.Home health has shied away from using telemedicine/telehealth for years since it is "not billable".When CMS announced it was expanding telemedicine under the 1135 waiver HHAs were temporarily hopeful this would extend to home health.Those hopes have not been realized-- yet.But your home health agency should


Here is why:

  • Decrease costs

          Reduce total in person visits

          No mileage or drive time for telemedicine visits

Decrease the actual visit cost by using salaried office staff

  • Decrease Risks

          Reduced in-person exposure to both patients and clinicians

Reduce acute hospitalizations

  • Conserve Resources during COVID-19

        Decrease PPE use 25 percent or more

Utilizeclinicians who are in a “high risk” category for telemedicine visits

        Utilize clinicians who are in quarantine for telemedicine visits

A strong telehealth/telemedicine program makes sense during a pandemic, and it will make sense after as well.An episodic payment model gives home health the freedom to decide what our visit structure will look like.With attention to the LUPA threshold, your agency will only benefit from finding creative ways to provide excellent patient care using fewer resources.In PDGM,a "Value-based payment" system, those embracing technology will quickly be able to provide better care for lower costs.See the cost comparison below: