4 strategies for healthcare providers to make virtual care practical for seniors

By DR. KISHLAY ANANDTelemedicine and virtual care are no longer optional for healthcare practices. Covid-19 catapulted virtual care from an ancillary service to a staple of modern healthcare and has shown to be a positive addition for all parties involved.In fact, Deloitte predicted Medicare Advantage plans that don’t embrace telehealth “will get left behind.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has already made several important updates in the last year to incorporate billing codes and necessary changes to ensure telehealth services can be offered to all Medicare users. But nothing is without its challenges. One of the most pressing issues today is how to ensure virtual health is accessible to seniors and does not impede their access to quality care.Seniors and technologyA common misconception is that the majority of seniors are hesitant to adopt technology. An AARP study found that 77% of older adults have a smartphone. However, another study found only 11% of senior...

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