Maintaining the Momentum of Telehealth Expansion
This activity consists of a recorded presentation from the "31st Annual National Clinical Conference" held in Bloomington, Minn., Oct. 17-19, 2022.
The expansion of telehealth, or virtual medicine, during the pandemic preserved the ability of health care professionals (HCPs) to provide care for their patients despite social distancing while curtailing viral spread. Telehealth continues to ensure continuity of care, offering convenience, increased efficiency and decreased costs, and is currently utilized by over 75 percent of U.S. hospitals, enabling HCPs to see 50–175 times the number of patients seen before the pandemic. Virtual visits are reported to potentially account for $250 billion, or about 20 percent, of what Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers spend on outpatient, office, and home health. However, questions remain regarding best telehealth practices, reimbursement, legal policies and regulations. This session provides an overview of the current state of telehealth, future capabilities and how utilization may influence health care team practices on multiple levels.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and other health care professionals who are interested in telehealth and virtual medicine.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the utilization of telehealth in practice.
- Discuss the current state of digital health and its implementation across both the health care system and the continuum of patient care.
- Discuss how telehealth capabilities can positively affect health care team decision-making processes and the patient’s health care journey.
- Provide an overview of applicable legal, regulatory, and reimbursement concerns in respect to telehealth utilization in health care practice and how these issues may impact the health care team.
Brian Hasselfeld, MD
Instructor, General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Medical Director, Digital Health and Telemedicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine
About the presenter
Brian Hasselfeld, MD, practices internal medicine and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. He also serves as senior medical director, digital health and innovation for the office of Johns Hopkins physicians, associate director for Johns Hopkins in health, and is an instructor in general internal medicine and pediatrics for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Hasselfeld earned his MD at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Optum Health Solutions
Eden Prairie, MN
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) ([0.100] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-23-088-H01-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit=One CPEU).
If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation in contact hours (One 60 minute hour=1 CPEU).
RD's and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Performance indicator selection is at the learner's discretion.
Psychologists and social workers
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credit.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 1.00 CDR - Dietitians
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