In December, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Virginia Medicaid (Department of Medical Assistance Services) met with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to discuss Medicaid’s payment policies with a focus on new concerns that have been raised in some states about the ability of Medicaid to provide a federal match for…

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The E-Consult Workgroup and California Telehealth Policy Coalition hosted our annual meetings November 16-17, 2020. Thank you to our speakers and sponsors of our annual meeting, made possible by California Health Care Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross, ConferMed, IEHP, Safety Net Connect, WISE Healthcare, AristaMD, and RubiconMD. To sponsor the Workgroup in 2021, contact econsultworkgroup@bluepathhealth.com. View Fireside…

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Septmeber’s webinar featured the launch of the CAPP child and adolescent psychiatry e-consult program, presented by Petra Steinbuchel, MD and Michelle Riederer, MD, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. In addition, we shared upcoming opportunities including free CME on e-consult for behavioral and mental health, and access to e-consults for uninsured patients.  

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The NREC meets every month to share best practices and use cases of the effectiveness of e-Consult. This month’s webinar included a discussion with Marc Avdalovic, MD, MAS, FCCP and James Marcin, MD, MPH from UC Davis, who shared the provider perspective on value of e-Consult. Dr. Avdalovic has clinical interests in pulmonary and critical care, and is very…

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Our September E-Consult Workgroup webinar featured a guest presentation by Stanely Frencher, MD, CEO, HubMD and Desiree Sanchez, MD, UCLA, on the recent study titled E-Consult: A Novel Opportunity to Evaluate Hematuria Referrals For Medicaid Patients in the “Real World” Community.

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Study shows that pandemic has shed light on clinicians’ commitment to professionalism and service as we rapidly adapt to changing paradigms. Interventions that appeal to professional norms can help improve the efficacy of new systems of practice. We show that specialists’ performance can be measured and improved with feedback using aspirational norms.

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We are pleased to introduce the North Rural E-Consult Coalition (NREC), a group open to providers and stakeholders interested in improving access to specialty care through electronic consult. The NREC is a group of community health centers, health systems, physicians’ groups and health plans working together to create an inclusive program to address implementation needs, streamline referral…

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For our July meeting, the E-Consult Workgroup welcomed authors Michael L Barnett, MD and Hannah Byrnes-Enoch, MPH who will present on their recent publication, “Association of eConsult Implementation With Access to Specialist Care in a Large Urban Safety-Net System.” Our guests spoke to the results of the study and the success of e-consult at 19 New York…

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The August e-consult workgroup roundtable featured examples of the use of e-consult to address COVID-19, supporting providers in meeting regulatory requirements. In addition, we heard perspectives from our clinical advisors.

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During the August CVEC Roundtable, Dr. Marwan Haddad reviewed two de-identified COVID-related e-consults submitted by California providers and addressed by ConferMED specialists. Dr. Haddad is the Medical Director of the Center for Key Populations at Community Health Center Inc, CT, and a COVID expert.

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July’s roundtable highlight best practices from the clinics that kicked off the coalition: Camarena Health, Clinica Sierra Vista, Family HealthCare Network, Omni Family Health, United Health Centers, and Valley Health Team.

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A recently published paper in the Journal of Pediatric Dermatology assessed electronic health records of pediatric patients referred through e-Consults at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1/13/2020 to 7/17/2020 and reviewed confidential surveys taken by pediatricians and parents to assess receptiveness. The results of the study support the use of e-consult for pediatric dermatology and indicate that…

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A new study explores he demand for neurology services at Geisinger, which exceeds the current clinical capacity. The utility of Ask-a-Doc (AAD), an electronic medical record-based interface developed at Geisinger to facilitate communication between primary care physicians (PCPs) and specialists, was implemented and assessed. It was found that AAD provides an interface between PCPs and…

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In response to the current pain management access challenges faced in the Central Valley, June’s Roundtable featured a presentation by Bennet Davis, MD on e-consult for pain management. Dr. Bennet reviewed e-consult cases and e-consult steps for managing patients with chronic pain.

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