There are several factors that can make the initial start-up cost for Telehealth seem daunting. However, new solutions are being conducted to help healthcare organizations find assistance. Your organization can provide added services to your community if your organization could implement a Telehealth program.
Grants and Financing
There are grant programs offered by HRSA and USDA which may fit your organization’s Telehealth placement plan. Identifying possible grantees and defining whether you have a project to collaborate on, may allow your organization to decide the feasibility of your proposal.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (HRSA) is designed to increase access to, manage and improve essential healthcare services, and improve the delivery of health care, in rural areas.
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Program (DLT) is designed specifically to meet the healthcare needs of rural America (USDA Rural Development) and educational.
Today we see a broader acceptance by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare of Telehealth practices (CMS). Telemedicine is seen as a cost effective method to increase access to quality healthcare versus the face-to face method.
Certain states have required that private insurers should force Telehealth services to be available when they offer comparable coverage using face-to face care.
States with Mandated Private Insurance for Telehealth
Source: 2013 National Conference of State Legislature (see site for detailed information)
Several changes are taking place in healthcare today. The implementation of Telehealth can only help your organization ease into the future of medicine.