Telehealth Makes Every Home a Hospital
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  • USNK2

    Mr. Mead: send this as a memo to the US Congress who stopped Medicare coverage for telephone mental health consults three or four years ago. Just one of the stupid ‘reforms’ to America’s ‘health care’

    • Corlyss

      What was the excuse for discontinuing it?

      • USNK2

        as if anyone would tell the truth!

        But, Medicare’s decision to stop covering telephone consults with mental health providers came just after whatever organization mental health providers belong to successfully lobbied for a higher % for Medicare reimbursement.
        I guess whoever runs Medicare decided that seniors/disabled must be well enough to drive to deserve mental health benefits. (sarcasm intended)

        As I recall, Medicare cut the number of visits to physical therapists starting in 2006, regardless of the condition requiring physical therapy, which seemed counter-productive to me. In December, 2005, I was just finishing a very successful twice a week, six month, rehab for a torn up knee that meant no need for knee surgery, which would have been far more expensive, requiring even more physical therapy.

        Just trying to bring Mr. Mead back to reality from his irrational exuberance over ‘telehealth’.

        Perhaps he will remember his posts on the mysterious rise in senior suicides…

        • Corlyss

          Thanks for the info.

  • Nick M.

    In our new era of nearly everything being online, it comes as no surprise to me that people are reacting more favorably to “tele-therapy”. Some people have issues with physically going due to fear (whether rational or irrational) of judgmental looks and gossip. If the person on the other line has any sort of empathy and willingness to listen, it can be a good start to helping those who feel so isolated that they can’t even bring themselves to go see someone face to face.

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