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Reimbursement for eVisits

October 19, 2007

In a report in Modern Healthcare titled, “ Virtual visits: the new ATMs?“, the experience in Minneapolis of reimbursement for evisits at $35 each is discussed. Fairview Health Services uses MyChart from Epic Systems and has 34,000 enrolled and has received reimbursement for 1000 visits so far. In many cases there is a copay which varies based on the insuror. In a Florida practice which is cash-based, patients don’t seem to mind paying fees which start “at $15 to $20 for a prescription refill, $25 for chronic condition management.”  This is the trend that many in the EMR/PHR world have been hoping for – a method of reimbursement which would help motivate physicians and patients both to adopt secure electronic communication. Will this trend spread? I hope so, but many third parties are still skeptical.

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