Telehealth Primer: Tele-Orthopedics

Telehealth has been applied across a range of specialty service lines with the goal of increasing access, improving clinical outcomes, and reduce avoidable costs. It seems logical that telehealth would be widely adopted in orthopedics, where bundled payments and value-based models require creative innovation to care delivery.

Surprisingly, even though CMS offers waivers for tele-orthopedics services under a number of its value-based payment programs, the overwhelming majority of hospitals have elected not to use these waivers. Under the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI), for example, only six percent of participating institutions actually exercised the telehealth waiver.

Why has tele-orthopedics in particular been so slow to gain traction? Read the telehealth primer to understand the emerging trends impacting tele-orthopedics adoption, learn about future directions that offer opportunity for telehealth expansion, and see how one program used telehealth to achieve a 70% reduction in surgical cancellations.

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