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Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Telemedicine

By Jonathan Terry, DO, ABIHM to Telemedicine


Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Telemedicine

Our guest on Healthcare Matters is Jonathan Terry, DO, ABIHM. Dr. Terry is an osteopathic physician and surgeon and general psychiatrist who uses telemedicine extensively in his practice. Dr. Terry practices at the United Health Centers of San Joaquin Valley, which recently won the 2016 Health Delivery, Quality and Transformation Award from the American Telemedicine Association.In Part II of our series, Physician Focus: Telemedicine, we ask Dr. Terry about the Affordable Care Act and the effects it has had on telemedicine.

This is only one of many questions we asked Dr. Terry on about telemedicine. Check out all of them here:

  1. Defining Telemedicine
  2. Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Telemedicine
  3. Four Advantages of Telemedicine
  4. Informed Consent and Telemedicine
  5. Electronic Medical Records and Documentation in Telemedicine
  6. Legislative Challenges to Telemedicine
  7. Telemedicine Reimbursement Rates
  8. Physician Focus: Telemedicine


Mike Matray: Telemedicine has been around for a while, but we’re currently in a period where the healthcare delivery system is going through a rapid change because of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. How has the Affordable Care Act benefited, or hindered the practice of telemedicine?

Dr. Terry: Mike, you know overwhelmingly the Affordable Care Act of 2010 has been really just wonderful for telemedicine. It specifically outlines that the center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation, or CMI is able to develop these new care models that are focused on technology. There’s also some funding and direction for studies in telehealth utilization, especially in behavioral health. It requires the accountable care organizations to enable different technological focci. There’s so many different advantages really, for patient access and for providers. For Medicaid recipients specifically, one of the best advances comes in the area of home health and chronic conditions, which really expands the topic of in-home consultation services for patients who might not have the ability to seek in-person services for any number of reasons.