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Proposed Medicare Telehealth Additions PDF Print E-mail

CMS has proposed the following (8) additions to the list of approved procedures delivered via telehealth for 2011.

(1) Individual kidney disease education (KDE) services;

(2) individual diabetes self-management training (DSMT) services;

(3) group KDE, DSMT, MNT, and HBAI services;

(4) initial, subsequent, and discharge day management hospital care services;

(5) initial, subsequent, and other nursing facility care services;

(6) neuropsychological testing services;

(7) speech-language pathology services; and

(8) home wound care services.


CMS is proposing to add the following requested services to the list of Medicare telehealth services for CY 2011:

• Individual and group KDE services (HCPCS codes G0420 and G0421, respectively);

• Individual and group DSMT services, with a minimum of 1 hour of in-person instruction to be furnished in the year following the initial DSMT service to ensure effective injection training (HCPCS codes G0108 and G0109, respectively);

• Group MNT and HBAI services (CPT codes 97804, and 96153 and 96154, respectively);

• Subsequent hospital care services, with the limitation for the patient’s admitting practitioner of one telehealth visit every 3 days (CPT codes 99231, 99232, and 99233); and

• Subsequent nursing facility care services, with the limitation for the patient’s admitting practitioner of one telehealth visit every 30 days (CPT codes 99307, 99308, 99309, and 99310).

Specifically, CMS is proposing to add individual and group KDE services, individual and group DSMT services, group MNT services, group HBAI services, and subsequent hospital care and nursing facility care services to the list of telehealth services for which payment will be made at the applicable PFS payment amount for the service of the practitioner. In addition, we have reordered the listing of services in these two sections and removed ‘‘initial and follow-up inpatient telehealth consultations furnished to beneficiaries in hospitals and SNFs’’ in § 410.78(b) because these are described by the more general term ‘‘professional consultations’’ that is in the same section. Finally, CMS is continuing to specify that the physician visits required under § 483.40(c) may not be furnished as telehealth services.

Secure Telehealth vs Skype PDF Print E-mail

skypeHere is a good article by Troy Heidesch which explains why Skype security is not up to tele-mental health standards.


Here are the differences between Secure Telehealth and Skype:

1. Secure Telehealth quality is better (larger, clearer full-screen video image with less latency + better audio)
2. Secure Telehealth security is significantly better (better encryption, no bouncing our signal off unknown supernodes).
3. Secure Telehealth allows more than two participants.  We routinely use this feature to provide training and support.  The best training and support are provided when we can meet collectively in a video conference with both endpoints present with us.   Note:  many Secure Telehealth clients use our multi-party call feature for clinical and/or administrative meetings, such as for ACT team meetings.
4. Secure Telehealth has option to move our service into your private network if/when you grow into this option.  Skype cannot do this.
5. Functionality - with Secure Telehealth, you can securely share powerpoints, your desktop, documents, videos, etc. with all participants.   Skype cannot do this.

Secure Telehealth includes unlimited user support and training for all endpoints in our price (inside and outside your organization).  If physicians outside of your organization have problems or questions, they may contact us directly for prompt resolution.   With Skype you are on your own.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 09:21
US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress PDF Print E-mail

We'll be in Orlando on November 18-21, presenting at the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.



Will you be there?

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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 15:03
Virtual Group Therapy using PCs, webcams PDF Print E-mail

Secure Telehealth facilitates virtual group therapy.

If you invites 12 people to the meeting (and 12 licenses were available), the screen would look like this. 



Note:  Licenses may be pooled between different Secure Telehealth customers to facilitate such a meeting.

All 12 are "live" on camera and on microphone at all times.



Last Updated on Friday, 17 December 2010 09:40
Telepsychiatry in the Schools PDF Print E-mail

Video Conferencing & School Psychiatry


Several states have programs to provide School-based health services to students with IEP's.  School-based services are preferable because they minimize the amount of school missed to receive the service.

Medicaid-eligible students receive Medicaid assistance for psychological services provided in the School.   Examples of these Medicaid assistance programs include:

Special Education Medicaid Initiative (SEMI) in New Jersey

School-Based Access Program (SBAP) in Pennsylvania

Secure Telehealth provides a pc-based video conferencing platform to connect the physician to the Schools.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 16:40
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