A new buzzing topic in nutrition is telehealth. Through a variety of platforms, as a practitioner, you can now meet with your patients virtually! A natural next step for healthcare in the digital age, telehealth is a great opportunity to expand your business and increase access to needed nutrition counseling services.
Preparing to provide telehealth services the right way is not without its challenges. First, there are a number of tech platforms to evaluate. Also, insurance companies treat in-person and virtual appointments differently – knowing how to bill for them is important. Lastly, you may find some of your clients challenged by using tech for a virtual appointment. Over the next few weeks, the Healthy Bytes blog will guide you so that, if you are interested, you can best incorporate telehealth into your practice.
What exactly is telehealth? Telehealth is an efficient and cost-effective way for you to meet with patients:
“Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration."
— Health Resources and Service Administration
Nutritional counseling is included in these healthcare services. That said, however, that not all states currently reimburse for telehealth. For an up-to-date look at states that do and do not cover telehealth services, please visit the American Telemedicine Association website, or give us a call here at Healthy Bytes!
Of course, with the current flux around our healthcare system, telehealth rules and regulations are subject to change as well. If you're planning to see a patient via telehealth, be sure to request a new or updated eligibility estimate, and check the telehealth box. That way, we will get the most up-to-date and accurate information on your patient's plan.
If you are interested in establishing telehealth as part of your practice, feel free to reach out to the Healthy Bytes team, and we will be happy to discuss how you can incorporate this service into your practice to help you grow your revenue and reach more clients.
Be on the lookout for parts 2 and 3 of this series in the coming weeks as we cover HIPAA considerations and telehealth best practices.