Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation's leading authority on the use of HIT to create efficiencies in health care information exchange, announced the release of an educational issue brief on an Introduction to Telehealth Codes. This issue brief was developed by the WEDI Innovative Encounters Workgroup with the intention to provide introductory information on codes for telehealth services by individual health care providers. The Innovative Encounters Workgroup is planning to develop a separate issue brief on the payer perspective of telehealth codes for future release.
Per the Issue Brief: "The use of telehealth to care for patients is gaining more traction among providers, patients, and health care payers. As telehealth services increase, more and more providers will want to offer these services and they will need knowledge of the codes for these services. Currently, there are codes available to identify telehealth services. Ongoing acknowledgment of the application of current codes or the development of new codes will further address the needs for coding for telehealth services and potentially address current challenges with adoption of new technologies for delivering healthcare services."
Some challenges for telehealth coding that are recommended to be addressed to spur further adoption of telehealth services are identified within the issue brief. These include the following:
The Innovative Encounters Workgroup is planning to focus on barriers for the adoption of telehealth services in its future work.
Download the full Introduction to Telehealth Codes Issue Brief here.
For more information on WEDI's industry efforts surrounding telehealth and innovative encounters, visit the WEDI Innovative Encounters Workgroup page.
Source: Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange