Telehealth is healthcare provided remotely by means of telecommunications technology. Telehealth can be used for many services including, but not limited to health education, remote monitoring of vital signs and remote doctor-patient consultations. Treatments for conditions like sinus infection, common cold, strep throat or even muscle sprains/strains have been treated using Telehealth methods. Telehealth is expanding quickly and may now include services for physical therapy, occupational therapy and mental health.
Some of the advantages of Telehealth are:
- More efficient for the patient
- No travel time
- Can eliminate the need for dependent care
- Reduces time away from work
- Eliminates time spent in waiting rooms
- Expands access and reaches more patients
- Reduces overhead costs for physician’s offices
- Cuts patient costs
- Reduces patient no-shows
- Patients aren’t exposed to other sick patients
In many areas Telehealth has been accepted under workers’ compensation. The allowed treatments and services can vary greatly, therefore, it’s important to check with the appropriate payer before accepting services.
Ohio workers’ compensation continually updates the services allowed under the claim. Make sure you check with your Ohio Managed Care Organization for the latest Telehealth updates, as well as other services related to the Ohio workers’ compensation claim.
Know your partner
An MCO partner like Sheakley UniComp can guide you and your workers through the often confusing world of workers’ compensation, helping you learn and understand more about the BWC and its processes. Your MCO serves both the best interests of your company and your employees by keeping your workers’ compensation costs down and returning injured employees to work quickly.