Pamela Hepp, shareholder in the firm's Healthcare section, comments on Medicare expanding coverage of telemedicine and offers words of caution for providers in Modern Healthcare's article "Global Telemedicine Market to Eclipse $130B by 2025."
"Medicare is loosening the reins, but there is still not complete reimbursement for potential modalities," said Pamela Hepp, an attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney who specializes in telemedicine.
Still, providers must be careful not to neglect their broader mission and other services when investing in telehealth, she said.
"I would not hang my hat completely on telehealth," said Hepp, adding that there isn't unanimous approval from physicians and staff and that it shouldn't replace all face-to-face services. "You have to have buy-in first and then roll it out. There needs to be a balance from the standpoints of efficiency, quality and access."