Entries by John Robinson

Let’s Operate on Interoperability

Wednesday, MedCity News and Life as a Healthcare CIO ran what I believe to be a very important piece on interoperability by Dr. John D. Halamka. I don’t agree with him that attempts to legislate interoperability into being should be jettisoned completely, but most of his points ring true. Early on he asks the question that SHOULD […]

Interstate Licensure Compact Goes Live

Slightly old news, but on May 19th (only two weeks after the American Telemedicine Association’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show), enough states signed the Interstate Licensure Compact into law to trigger forming the Interstate Licensure Compact Commission. Each state will appoint two commissioners who will help oversee and administer the compact. This is a highly important […]

Emergency Response Day Video from ITS World Congress

It may be several months later, but the ITS has released this wonderful video on YouTube showcasing the Mock Incident exercise. Max Life can be seen starting at the 1:06 mark, with a great showcasing using swyMed’s telemedicine communication platform inside their ambulance beginning at 1:27. However, watch the entire thing. It’s less than three minutes and provides a great example of how telemedicine can play an important role in emergency response.

Hoping CMS’ Proposed ACO Rules Get Better

Recently, CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) released a proposal of new rulemaking asking for comments on easing “telehealth” requirements for ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations). You can find a wonderful press release here from the ATA (American Telemedicine Association), who was instrumental in getting CMS to reconsider their earlier rules. Having reviewed the […]

Maybe You Can get Reimbursed for That…

There are a number of procedures already covered by Medicare without specific telemedicine codes. In fact, of the seven bullet points listing the 22 codes rejected or deleted from inclusion, five noted the included codes were largely unnecessary due to either an existing telehealth code or because Medicare does not distinguish whether the procedure is tele or not.

Here are a few examples:

Regarding electrocardiograms and echocardiograms: “By definition,