Vendors and Evaluation Criteria
Policies, Procedures and Forms
Laws and Regulations
Telemedicine and Patients
Remote Patient Monitoring
COVID-19 forced the adoption of telemedicine by many physicians. TMA's telemedicine resources are designed to help you at any stage of telemedicine adoption and use. Take advantage of these resources and education developed for you, which include guidance on technology tools, policies, procedures, payment, and compliance.
The following list reveals the key functionality of the various telemedicine products as reported by the vendors on their own websites. TMA has not vetted these companies but wanted to provide information for physicians seeking to implement telemedicine into their practice. This list is not exhaustive and is separated by companies offering stand-alone products and those that have electronic health record (EHR) integrations.
Be sure to execute a business associate agreement with the telemedicine vendor.
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Telemedicine has the opportunity to transform a physician’s practice. As the service becomes more readily available through health plans and employers, patients are expecting more from their own physician. It makes sense for a patient to have the choice to see their own doctor for continuity of care and comfort in times of illness and uncertainty.
TMA created this evaluation tool to help Texas physicians with some of the criteria to consider in the selection of telemedicine vendor products.
See the Telemedicine Vendor Evaluation Criteria
Administration and Billing
Billing for Telemedicine During COVID-19
Medicare Telehealth Service Codes (CMS)
CMS Debuts Coding Changes for Telehealth
Health Plans Not All Recognizing New Telehealth Code
UnitedHealthcare Waives Cost Sharing, Extends Telemedicine for Certain Plans
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended; Telemedicine, Other Waivers Extended
Health Plans Extend Telemedicine, Cost-Share Waivers
Payer's Coronavirus Changes and Waivers
Telemedicine Billing Tips: Which Codes to Use and When
Help Your Patients Help You with Telemedicine
Are You Ready for Telemedicine Prime Time?
How well do you understand Texas’ laws and regulations relating to telemedicine? This document describes the new Texas legal and regulatory requirements that apply to a physician providing telemedicine medical services.
This white paper was updated in August 2019.
Don't miss out on free CME for TMA members. This publication qualifies for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Read the White Paper
Remote Patient Monitoring Product and Vendor Evaluation Tool
Safely Incorporate Remote Patient Monitoring Into Your Practice
Want to Add Remote Patient Monitoring to Your Telemedicine Services?
Accelerating RPM: COVID-19 Speeds Adoption of Remote Patient Monitoring
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will allow physicians to issue prescriptions for all schedule II-V controlled substances via telemedicine as long as specific conditions are met.
Building on the recent work of its Telehealth Initiative collaboration with the TMA and others, the American Medical Association is offering physicians more guidance on how to create a telehealth foundation in their practice.
AMA’s Telehealth Immersion Program will feature interactive peer-to-peer learning sessions, webinars, on-demand resources, and virtual discussions and boot camps.
The Telehealth Initiative – a program launched in January 2020 by The Physicians Foundation, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, and Massachusetts Medical Society – didn’t anticipate the pandemic. But it did anticipate telemedicine’s potential wealth of applications for care. And when the pandemic hit – two months into the initiative’s yearlong quest to educate physicians and practices on telehealth and promote its use – telemedicine became more of an on-the-job training proposition than any participant had imagined.
A growing number of physicians are embracing telemedicine.
Because most physicians still have no first-hand experience with it, they have many questions about how it will help them and their patients.
Telemedicine is rapidly evolving, and the number of physicians who use it continues to grow.
Whether you use telemedicine every day in your practice or you’re just starting to consider how it might benefit your patients, you probably have plenty of questions and concerns about using it effectively and within compliance.
That’s why the Texas Medical Association formed a task force that will help TMA serve physicians who want to integrate telemedicine into their practice.
Quick Tips: Getting Started in Telemedicine Incorporate telemedicine in your practice.CME to GoPodcast
Telemedicine: The Changing Shape of CareExplore the practice benefits of telemedicine.On Demand Webinar
How to Have a Virtual Professional PresencePlay this webinar to learn simple things you can do to avoid diminishing your professional presence. On Demand Webinar
View the TMA YouTube Telehealth Playlist.
CME is not available for the YouTube webinars (if CME is mentioned in the webinar, it was only for those participating in the live version).
The Texas Medical Association acknowledges the Texas Medical Association Special Funds Foundation for its support of these webinars through funds awarded by The Physicians Foundation.
TMA members are eligible for a free technology contract review from Coker Group – including a contract review of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring vendor services. Evaluations focus on potentially unfavorable terms with feedback on identified concerns.
Submit Your Contract
Got questions about telemedicine? Call or email the Knowledge Center.
TMA created this RPM evaluation tool to help Texas physicians assess and select RPM products and vendors.
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