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Telemedicine Webinars

REACH Health’s educational telemedicine webinars feature industry experts presenting and offering guidance on a variety of telemedicine-​related topics. Each live broadcast includes a question and answer session with our panelist(s). Certificates of attendance are available upon request.

Past telemedicine webinar attendees have consistently provided very favorable feedback in exit surveys. On average, greater than 90% indicated our telemedicine webinars met many, all, or exceeded expectations. Actual comments include:

  • Excellent information and metrics presented.”
  • Very much appreciated their willingness to share experiences.”
  • Well-​organized, presenters were experts in their fields.”
  • She was articulate, informative, and engaging. Great speaker.”
  • Very helpful information was presented by all.”

All upcoming telemedicine webinars and recordings are provided 100% free of charge.

Upcoming Telemedicine Webinars

Telemedicine Malpractice: Risk Management and Liability

March 15, 2017
Medical malpractice liability can become even more complex when applied to telemedicine, particularly where the laws of multiple states may apply. There have been relatively few telemedicine malpractice cases filed to date, and even fewer publicly available court decisions. The standard of care appropriate for telemedicine is evolving in most states. Join us for this broadcast with one of the nation’s premier experts on telemedicine law for a discussion on malpractice risk-​reduction strategies.

On-​Demand Telemedicine Webinars

We invite you to view these on-​demand telemedicine webinars at your convenience.

Telemedicine Best Practices: How to Effectively Engage Patients in a Remote Setting

December 13, 2016
The success of a telemedicine program is rooted in the efficacy of each remote consultation yet engaging patients via telemedicine poses many challenges compared to in-​person consultations. Join us for a discussion with a panel of expert telemedicine practitioners will explore their recommended techniques for effective patient engagement. 

Advanced Alternative Payment Models: Implications for Telemedicine

Broadcast on September 14, 2016
The recent emergence of advanced alternative payment models (APMs) such as Merit-​based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) has created a great deal of uncertainty regarding the future of reimbursement. This telemedicine webinar covers APMs and their implications for telemedicine with Alexis Bortniker, senior counsel with Foley & Lardner, LLP

Wake-​Up Stroke: A New Treatment Protocol

Broadcast on August 23, 2016
Wake-​up stroke accounts for approximately 25% of acute ischemic strokes and exhibits a key defining and complicating feature: unknown onset time. To rapidly identify WUS patients who might benefit from endovascular stroke therapies, the team at St. Dominic Comprehensive Stroke Center boldly developed a protocol involving advanced imaging and rapid interpretation. 90-​day trial period showed the protocol to be effective at identifying WUS patients who were eligible for endovascular therapy. 

Mental Health Hybrid Care – Combining In-​Person Consults with Telepsychiatry to Achieve a New Standard of Practice

Broadcast on August 4, 2016
The demonstrated effectiveness of telepsychiatry, the location and shortage of behavioral health clinicians, patient demographic factors, and economics are combining to create a new standard of practice: a hybrid delivery of mental healthcare. This telemedicine webinar covers strategies for combining in-​person visits with telepsychiatry, and includes case studies, ongoing research, and a look at the future of telemental health. 

Hemorrhagic Stroke: Considerations for Treatment via Telemedicine

Broadcast on July 21, 2016
Hemorrhagic strokes account for just 13 percent of all strokes, but they are responsible for about 40 percent of all stroke deaths. While the use of telemedicine for the treatment of patients with AIS is increasingly common today, due to the unique challenges and risks of hemorrhagic stroke treatment, telemedicine is still rarely used. Can these patients receive initial treatment faster via telemedicine? Does initial treatment via telemedicine, rather than waiting for transfer to a CSC, have the potential to improve outcomes? In this telemedicine webinar, Dr. Alex Mason provides an in-​depth look at hemorrhagic stroke. 

2016 Telemedicine Survey Results, Analysis and Expert Insights

Broadcast on June 8, 2016
REACH Health’s 2016 Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey revealed key trends in the rapidly evolving telemedicine industry. Join us for a panel discussion with the survey report’s co-​author and two experts in Healthcare law and regulatory issues. The panel will review important takeaways and key findings from the 2016 telemedicine survey and discuss current telemedicine trends identified in the survey. Topics covered in this telemedicine webinar include key contributors to telemedicine return on investment; legal and regulatory developments; factors associated with success; and others. 

Improving the Continuum of Stroke Care – A Practical Model for Post-​Acute Treatment 

Broadcast on April 12, 2016
A recent study in 2015 determined that 65% of acute stroke patients under age 65 are discharged without post-​acute services. Today, stroke is the most costly condition in CMS for post-​acute management yet no stroke performance indicators exist for the processes of care after hospital discharge. Additionally, Bundled Payments are now being implemented by CMS and many policy experts believe stroke treatment will be targeted next. Join us for this timely webinar featuring two experts on stroke follow-​up care. This telemedicine webinar examines the current state of ongoing stroke care and the COMprehensive Post-​Acute Services (COMPASS) model for post-​acute stroke care.

Telehealth Revenue and Reimbursement Opportunities 

Broadcast on December 15, 2015
Providers seeking to maximize their telehealth ROI should look beyond traditional Medicare FFS reimbursements and create business models and contracts that best align with the nature of telehealth services. This telemedicine webinar features Foley & Lardner LLP Partner Nathaniel Lacktman, head of the firm’s telemedicine and virtual care practice, discussing issues such as payment and reimbursement, compensation models and more. 

Acute Ischemic Stroke and tPA – Understanding and Mitigating the Legal Liabilities

Broadcast on November 5, 2015
Emergency physicians are sharply divided on the issue of whether or not tPA is an appropriate treatment for AIS. For many physicians, the perceived risks outweigh the potential benefits. This telemedicine webinar is presented by Dr. Jennifer Stankus, who has a truly unique perspective on the issue as both a doctor and lawyer and provides a comprehensive review of the medical evidence and case law related to tPA. Dr. Stankus is a practicing emergency physician, medical malpractice consultant and ACEP Chair of the Medical Legal Committee. 

Telestroke Bedside Best Practices: Optimizing Collaboration between ED Staff and Remote Neurologists

Broadcast on September 24, 2015
The success of a telestroke program is rooted in the efficacy of each remote consultation. The ED team at the patient’s bedside works closely with the remote stroke specialist, managing the physical interaction with the patient and providing critical observations and assessments. Specialized training and teamwork are required to ensure smooth, successful encounters. This telemedicine webinar offers a discussion with expert panelists who describe their training and protocols and offer recommendations for effective collaboration during remote stroke consultations. 

How Digital is Transforming the Healthcare Landscape

Broadcast on September 1, 2015
Digital Health can be a variety of different things to different people. In fact, it so broad that people have a hard time making sense of what it is and how it could impact their ability to improve healthcare. A wide range of healthcare consumers are already benefitting from digital health through virtual visits, remote monitoring, chronic disease management, and many other applications. Nirav Desai, Principal Healthcare Strategist at Mobiquity, discusses digital health innovations that will change the healthcare delivery landscape in this telemedicine webinar. 

Telemedicine Success: How to Effectively Promote Your Program 

Broadcast on July 29, 2015
Telemedicine has demonstrated numerous benefits in multiple care settings. But while many certainly appreciate the convenience telemedicine can provide, telemedicine in acute care settings doesn’t generate the natural demand seen in direct to consumer telemedicine offerings. Even patients who appreciate the convenience of virtual visits may not understand the benefits of a hospital or health system’s acute telemedicine program. In this telemedicine webinar, a panel of guests explains how they connect with their key audiences to promote their telemedicine programs.

Using Telemedicine to Triage Patients for Intraarterial Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke

Broadcast on May 27, 2015
Recent clinical trials including the MR CLEAN and ESCAPE studies have confirmed the efficacy of interventional therapies as adjunct to intravenous tPA for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) caused by an occlusion of a major intracranial artery. Though promising, these treatments are expected to be limited to Comprehensive Stroke Centers (CSC) with the proper infrastructure and interventional expertise. As the continuum of stroke treatment options expands, telestroke can be used to address a wider array of requirements, with the ultimate goal of rapidly identifying a patient’s best available treatment option(s) in the most appropriate facility.

Building and Sustaining a Telestroke Network: It’s More than Technology

Broadcast on March 24, 2015
Telestroke networks are widely proven to effectively extend the reach of stroke care specialists to remote and rural patients. But success depends on much more than the selection of an appropriate technology platform. Join us for this live, comprehensive broadcast on best practices for building, sustaining and growing a telestroke program. The telemedicine webinar features four guest speakers who share their expert recommendations based on the success of their respective telestroke programs.

Incorporating Telemedicine into Acute Stroke and other Time-​Sensitive Clinical Trials

Broadcast on February 24, 2015
Clinical trials for time-​sensitive diseases, such as acute stroke, are often limited to tertiary and academic medical centers. This combination of time-​sensitivity and limited proximity creates several unique challenges. Just as telemedicine can be used to overcome geographic barriers to time-​sensitive stroke treatment, telemedicine has been shown to enhance enrollment into time-​sensitive clinical trials. Dr. Jeffrey Switzer of Augusta University presents this telemedicine webinar, including methods used, results observed and recommendations for both acute stroke and other time-​sensitive trials.

Telestroke ROI: How Ochsner Measures Economic Impact for Hub & Spoke Hospitals

Broadcast on December 16, 2014
Telestroke networks are increasingly recognized for addressing limited access to on-​site stroke care specialists and the correspondingly low utilization of approved stroke treatments and protocols. However, little information is available regarding the value proposition for participating hospitals. Although similar to the manner in which on-​site services are delivered, telestroke sites differ in the distribution of revenue and cost, making it difficult to calculate of return on investment (ROI). The Ochsner Health System telestroke network is designed to maximize mutual program investment by sharing capital and operational costs between the hub and each spoke hospital partner. This telemedicine webinar features Rachelle Longo, Telestroke Coordinator for Ochsner, as she details how Ochsner determines the ROI for hub and spoke hospitals.

Telestroke Program Evolution: Best Practices from Georgia Regents Medical Center

Broadcast on September 30, 2014
In the beginning, GRU’s program was essentially unfunded and lacked the support of a telestroke coordinator. Today, the program is recognized as one that blazed the trail for others. The program has evolved to include thousands of remote consultations and it has become financially indispensable to both GRU and their spoke hospitals. This telemedicine webinar is presented by Dr. Jeffery Switzer, Director of Telestroke and Teleneurology, and Comprehensive Stroke Center Director for Georgia Regents University. 

Building a Successful Telestroke Program – Lessons Learned at Penn State Hershey

Broadcast on August 20, 2014
Penn State Hershey established a telemedicine system with rural community hospitals in central Pennsylvania to provide real time access to stroke specialists. Because the program focused on the use of ongoing quality data reporting, the first year of this telestroke network revealed significant findings. Intravenous tPA treatment rates grew by 300 – 500% in community hospitals across the region, and one facility reported a reduction of 20 minutes in door-​to-​needle time. Qualitative findings included improvements in nurse and physician comfort with stroke care and treating with IV tPA. Patients also reported considerable satisfaction with the telestroke network.
This recorded telemedicine webinar examines the lessons learned at Penn State Hershey to provide a template for successful maintenance of a sustainable telestroke network.

Prevent Telemedicine Pitfalls: How to Identify and Mitigate Fraud and Abuse and Other Legal Risks

Broadcast on July 29, 2014
The recent CMS proposal to expand reimbursement for services provided via telehealth underscores the industry’s ever-​shifting regulatory landscape. But as these developments continue to promote the use of telehealth, is your telemedicine program subject to increasing regulatory risk?
This recorded telemedicine webinar examines the key regulations and practice tips for avoiding risks related to the federal Stark and Anti-​Kickback Laws, along with information privacy and security, reimbursement, and other critical topics.

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