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Doctors Turn to Telemedicine for House Calls and Fast Diagnoses

Tacoma, WA, July 12, 2015The New York Times today reports that the same forces that have made instant messaging and video calls part of daily life for many Americans are now shaking up basic medical care.

Health systems and insurers are rushing to offer video consultations for routine ailments, convinced they will save money and relieve pressure on overextended primary care systems in cities and rural areas alike.  And more people who are fluent in Skype and FaceTime and eager for cheaper, more convenient medical care, are trying them out.

But telemedicine is facing pushback from some more traditional corners of the medical world.  

Medicare, which often sets the precedent for other insurers, strictly limits reimbursement for telemedicine services out of concern that expanding coverage would increase, not reduce, costs.  Some doctors assert that hands-on exams are more effective and warn that the potential for misdiagnoses via video is great.

Legislatures and medical boards in some states are listening carefully to such criticisms, and a few, led by Texas, are trying to slow the rapid growth of virtual medicine.

But many more states are embracing the new world of virtual house calls, largely by updating rules to allow doctor-patient relationships to be established and medications to be prescribed via video.

Health systems, facing stiff competition from urgent care centers, retail clinics and start-up companies that offer video consultations through apps for smartphones and tablets, are increasingly offering the service as well.

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