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Fittingly titled  "Death by 1000 Cuts,"  the Medscape 2021 Physician Burnout & Suicide was released on January 22, 2021. In it, the team at Medscape documents the devastating effect of the pandemic has had on our front-line healthcare providers.  Some choice findings: 51% of critical care providers are experiencing burnout along with 49% of infectious disease specialists 51% of female providers are burned out...
In March 2020, the  National Association of Social Workers  provided guidance for social workers regarding the many legal and practical considerations to take into account when providing what they referred to as "Telemental Health." They defined this as "the practice of delivering clinical health care services via technology assisted media or other electronic means between a practitioner and a client who are located in two...
If ever there was a year suited to both van life and telemedicine, 2020 was it. Nobody knows this better than Dr. Justin Woods, a family medicine physician and his wife Betsy, a pediatric ER nurse. The couple announced last February on Instagram that they had managed to pay off 100% of their $225,000 student loan debt in just 15 months. How did they do this? By living half of the past three years in their converted Sprinter van in the...
Dr. Ali Parsa is a British-Iranian healthcare entrepreneur and engineer. He’s the founder and CEO of Babylon, the revolutionary AI and digital health company. Babylon’s mission is to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth. Dr. Parsa was listed in The Times 100 people to watch. The Health Service Journal recognized him as one of ‘the 50 most influential people in UK...
It seems that one of the dirty little secrets of medicine exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic is that it’s not always necessary for a doctor to physically examine a patient to deliver high quality care. An  explosion of new telemedicine users have now realized that their care is essentially par for the course without physically having to go to their doctor's office. Want to know another dirty little secret? Providers...
Dr. Ho Anh, MD is a board-certified Physician. He graduated from the University of Virginia where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Doctorate of Medicine. He has spent time as a Locum Tenens doctor practicing with the Veterans Health Administration in San Antonio, Texas, rural medicine on the Oregon Coast, and community health in Sacramento, California. His passion to treat patients combined with his interest in innovative...
Dr. Ali Parsa is a British-Iranian healthcare entrepreneur and engineer. He’s the founder and CEO of Babylon, the revolutionary AI and digital health company. Babylon’s mission is to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth. Dr. Parsa was listed in The Times 100 people to watch. The Health Service Journal recognized him as one of ‘the 50 most influential people in UK...
Disclaimer #1: Please consult CMS.gov before participating in telemedicine as information on telemedicine CPT codes changes regularly. Whether you’ve been doing telemedicine for years or just jumped on the telemedicine bandwagon, telemedicine CPT codes have been changing faster than most of us can keep up with. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll try to briefly share some of the changes to telemedicine CPT codes during the...
I get it. The world of medicine is changing rapidly  and you want to keep up so you can meet the needs of your patients. It can be daunting to dip your toes in the telemedicine waters for the first time. How do you explain to a patient what a telemedicine visit is if you've never had any experience? What  telemedicine CPT codes  should you be using in 2020? How do you know what is the best telemedicine company to work for...
It's a bit of an understatement to say that this is a difficult time for healthcare providers. Although providers have never been appreciated more as they risk their lives alongside other essential workers, some have also found themselves in the rare position of being on the receiving end of pink-slips. As patients stay home, elective procedures are cancelled, and hospital administrators are moving to cut costs by cutting what they deem to be...
Guest Post by Dr. Gauri Behari, MD Dr. Gauri Behari is an Endocrinologist and author. She is the Director of Medicine Telehealth at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. She also serves as a clinical assistant professor of Endocrinology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. Contrary to popular belief, telehealth is not a new concept or technology that came out of the COVID-19...
Dr. David Stukus is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. Prior to becoming the director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center, Dr. Stukus started the Complex Asthma Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2011, which treats children with severe or difficult-to-treat asthma. Dr. Stukus is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and holds multiple leadership positions in the...