The three-day, fully virtual Beyond Telemedicine conference will cover the most topical issues in telemedicine today, including advances in technology, chronic disease care, health disparities, reimbursement, and more.
Telemedicine & COVID-19
While virtual care is certainly not new, tackling the COVID-19 health crisis has required the use of telemedicine on a dramatically increased scale.
COVID-19 has shown how quickly we can advance and mobilize medical care when we have the will to do so, as players across the ecosystem—including providers, lawmakers, and patients—shifted from prioritizing in-person visits to virtual care in a matter of weeks once the pandemic hit.
There's no going back now, so the question is, how will we take advantage of this moment to create a more effective virtual care system going forward? What have we learned? Find out the answers to these questions and more from speakers directly involved with the acceleration of telemedicine through COVID-19, as they debate the future of this technology in a post-pandemic world.
Redefining Chronic Disease Care
According to the CDC, 6 in 10 Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease. Yet, those with chronic conditions receive only 56% of recommended preventive care services, finding it near impossible to manage their disease within the current system.
People with chronic illnesses live with their condition 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In contrast, the prevailing healthcare model only lets patients see their provider 2–4 times each year. This misalignment sets patients, providers, and payers alike up for failure in addressing and treating chronic illnesses.
Speakers in this track will discuss how cutting-edge virtual care models can drastically improve the trajectory of chronic disease in the U.S.
How AI & ML Will Transform Telemedicine
AI and Machine Learning are two of the buzziest, and often overused, words in healthcare. But when you move beyond the vaporware, ML and AI also have some of the greatest potential to strengthen existing technology to make providers more efficient and infuse data into clinical decision-making.
Today's best examples of AI & ML technology supercharge providers. The worst ones try to replace them. This track will dive into how to wade through the hype to find the solutions that really matter, and what this technology could look like 5, 10, and even 20 years from now.
Innovations in Reimbursement & Payments
At the offset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognized the immediate need for telemedicine benefits and made historic regulatory changes on an emergency basis. The HHS measure approved not only payment for treating Medicare patients using telemedicine but reimbursement parity as well, waived potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telemedicine during the emergency, and provided flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing for telemedicine visits paid by federal healthcare programs.
These changes are set to continue through the public health emergency, but what happens after? How will insurers determine how to pay for a whole new set of services?
Listen in to hear more on this topic and predictions from experts in reimbursement and public policy.
Addressing Health Inequities Through Virtual Care
The broadening of telehealth has the power to be a force for good, bringing best-in-class healthcare services to underserved populations in both rural and urban settings. It also has the potential to widen disparities for those lacking resources like stable internet and reliable health insurance to cover these visits. How can we ensure virtual care lives up to its promise, and narrows health inequities more than it widens them?
Speakers in this track will debate these issues and share their opinions on how to ensure virtual care can address health inequities.