Telehealth gets big boost from AMA

When patients call the doctor, the doctor wants to get paid.
—Allison Bell

The House of Delegates at the American Medical Association has approved telemedicine insurance coverage and reimbursement policies.

Eric Wicklund writes in Healthcare IT News that the AMA is following in the footsteps of other provider organizations, including the American Telemedicine Association.

The medical community still lacks a consensus on how to define the term "telemedicine." Wicklund says the AMA has divided telemedicine into three categories: real-time interaction, remote monitoring of patients, and "store and forward" services, such as efforts to acquire the results of medical test results and send the results to databases.

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