The coronavirus pandemic is driving a need for virtual care, and subsequently posing a lot of logistical questions to healthcare providers around implementation, reimbursement, and standing up virtual solutions. Babyscripts can help navigate these new challenges.
In the news this week: As the lack of information around the novel coronavirus and maternal health continues, providers find new ways to support pregnant women, and adapt to the shifting needs of their patients and overwhelmed hospitals through new protocols, policy changes, and reimbursement codes. Plus, a look at the long-term effects of the pandemic on women's health.
Interview with Mark Rosing, MD, MPH, FACOG, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology, SBH Health System
Dr. Mark Rosing received his medical degree and a masters in public health from Columbia University. He’s spent a career focused on patient safety and has led the charge on advancing the delivery of obstetric care through technology. He’s an avid skier and loves a good IPA. And right now, he’s on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
We asked him a few questions about the state of maternal health during COVID-19, and the role that virtual care is playing to help OBs stem the tide of the pandemic. Here are some of our key takeaways and full video interview.
As the nation learns to navigate the realities of a pandemic world, traditional healthcare structures are proving insufficient for the current crisis. Providers are responding to the demands of a quickly spreading virus and an overburdened hospital system by changing the way they interact with patients — not in the office, but virtually.
In the field of obstetrics specifically, practices are adapting by completely revising the prenatal visit schedule, with some reducing in-person visits to as low as five. [For more on this, read New Prenatal Schedule enhanced with technology to deal with COVID-19: Best Practices from Cone Health]. To stay connected and manage patients in between visits, providers are leveraging technological touch points like video visits, remote patient monitoring, mobile apps, and telephone visits.
Additionally, there have been changes in reimbursements to respond to these necessary changes.
We fear what we don’t know, and the unknowns surrounding coronavirus are myriad. Lack of information on the nature of COVID-19 has affected pregnant women in particular, a population whose normal responses are already compromised by their unique situation.
Interview with Kelly Leggett, MD, MHA, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at Cone Health
As the President and other officials call for the use of telehealth to help stop the spread of COVID-19, healthcare providers may be wondering how best to implement these solutions at their practices.
We spoke to Dr. Kelly Leggett, an OB-GYN at Cone Health and their Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, about how Cone Health is using Babyscripts to support their pregnant population at this time, and her best advice for health systems looking to use telehealth solutions.
As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle, we're taking some time every week to highlight the most relevant articles for our industry.
ACOG has released new information on reimbursement for digital and telehealth services as both public and private health insurers have taken steps to increase access due to concern over the spread of COVID-19.
Originally published 3/6/2020
As Novel Coronavirus 2019 spreads in the US, the need to communicate accurate, up-to-date information to patients is a top priority for providers.