Published: September 18, 2020
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, we have seen an accelerated change to the way primary care visits are now being conducted. Gone are the days of seeing a primary care physician in person, but the question is, where is healthcare heading?
Recently, the Wall Street Journal covered the new direction of healthcare – telehealth care. Now, driven by an aging population with multiple chronic ailments, rising costs, and concerns about access to health care, telemedicine is on the rise – proving to be an affordable and sustainable health care model.
Health systems are now working to create a strong, sustainable telehealth infrastructure that will allow for more efficient use of hospital space and staff. The traditional experience of healthcare is shifting away from the regular in-person doctor visit with limited time to spend with each patient and few incentives to promote wellness. Instead, patients are able to receive more care virtually, now working with a team of healthcare professionals using a collaborative model from telehealth doctors, nurses, registered dietitians, and health coaches.
Where is the future of health coaching going with telehealth on the rise?
The Wall Street Journal stated that, “Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private insurers are moving closer to value-based purchasing such as paying providers a fixed monthly fee per patient for a range of services, often with incentives for better managing diabetes, heart disease, asthma and other chronic ailments.”
Telehealth will now allow doctors and nurse practitioners to pay for additional health professionals—health coaches, dietitians and medical assistants—to help manage patients with chronic issues and to promote healthier lifestyles. Health coaches are being looked as to be an essential part of the team. Health coaches use their skills to bridge the gap by translating what the doctor saying and working with the doctor to implement both protocols and actionable steps towards change.
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Landro, Laura. “The Doctor Won’t See You Now.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 9 Sept. 2020, www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-doctors-appointment-11599662314.
Olson, Parmy. “Telemedicine, Once a Hard Sell, Can’t Keep Up With Demand.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 1 Apr. 2020, www.wsj.com/articles/telemedicine-once-a-hard-sell-cant-keep-up-with-demand-11585734425.
Wosik, Jedrek, et al. “Telehealth Transformation: COVID-19 and the Rise of Virtual Care.” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 17 May 2020, www.academic.oup.com/jamia/article/27/6/957/5822868.