206381 Identifying telemedicine reimbursement trends and barriers in California

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:50 AM

Christine Martin, MBA PMP , California Telemedicine & eHealth Center, Sacramento, CA
This presentation will provide the results of a meta-analysis of available literature on telemedicine and telehealth reimbursement, telemedicine incentives, and results of studies related to clinical and cost effectiveness. This presentation will summarize current trends and results of a variety of qualitative and quantitative studies. In February 2008, the California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC), California's federally designated Telehealth Resource Center, undertook an innovative and precedent setting project to develop a reimbursement policy on telemedicine and telehealth that considered a full spectrum of services. CTEC's Telehealth Optimization Initiative was developed to help respond to California's growing need for expanded telehealth programs and the need for adequate and appropriate support structures. The collaborative brought together major stakeholders to develop recommendations on policy for appropriate payment and supporting structures. This presentation will also provide the results of a statewide data collection effort on perceptions and trends on optimizing telemedicine. Through the data that has been collected, CTEC's Telehealth Optimization Initiative has gained insight into what works programmatically and fiscally in deploying telehealth; the challenges and barriers to further deployment or initial start up of telehealth programs/activities; and recommendations for optimal deployment of telehealth to appropriately and efficiently meet the health care needs of Californians.

Learning Objectives:
Assess the results of a meta-analysis of literature on telemedicine reimbursement and results of studies related to clinical and cost effectiveness. Identify the barriers to telemedicine demand, adoption and utilization based on quantitative and qualitative studies.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management and administration, including broad experience in healthcare policy and program development with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the then-California Department of Health Services
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.