Federal Agencies, Provider Groups, Others Working to Ensure Appropriate Telemedicine Implementation During COVID-19

July 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the care of all patients, federal agencies and other health groups are working to ensure that providers can appropriately implement telemedicine in their practices during the public health emergency. As part of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting Telemedicine Hack, a free 10-week learning community aimed at accelerating telemedicine implementation for ambulatory providers. The series begins on Wednesday, July 22, at noon ET. Throughout the series, speakers will discuss operations, management, and lessons learned from using telemedicine.

Key components of Telemedicine Hack include:

  • Five teleECHO sessions on key topics (e.g., workflows, documentation, reimbursement) highlighting best practices and case studies from the field
  • Five virtual “office hour” discussion panels with case presenters, government agencies, topical experts, and stakeholder associations responding to your questions
  • Inter-session peer-to-peer learning facilitated via virtual discussion boards and ad hoc interest groups
  • CME/CEU credits are available for attending, at no cost to participants

Register for Telemedicine Hack here.

Provider group efforts include the American Medical Association’s (AMA) recent launch of its Telehealth Impact Physician Survey in collaboration with The MITRE Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and other healthcare entities as part of an effort for the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition. The goal of this project is to learn more from the experience of individual physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants with telehealth to identify challenges and barriers, as well as benefits.

The survey is expected to take up to 15-20 minutes and is scheduled to close on August 13. Take the survey now.

ASCO’s Provider and Practice resources for COVID-19 can be found here

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