TripleCare Tapped for CMS Telemedicine Study

We can now confirm that TripleCare, a national provider of telemedicine-based healthcare services to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), has been selected to participate in a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) study evaluating the cost effectiveness of telemedicine utilization in SNFs.

According to a statement emailed to MHW, the one-year study is intended to assess the benefits of telemedicine-based virtual physician services, which are used to prevent both avoidable nursing-home-to-hospital admissions and readmissions, and to estimate the economic impact on Medicare, Medicaid and the participating SNFs.

The TRECS Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving care for seniors while decreasing healthcare costs, is leading and managing the study while TripleCare is providing the virtual physician services.

In this study, made possible through CMS and Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration under the agency’s Civil Money Penalty Grants Program, TripleCare and TRECS are bringing virtual physician services to three Florida-based SNFs, including: Braden River Rehabilitation Center, Bradenton; Tiffany Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Port St. Lucie; and, Moultrie Creek Nursing and Rehab, St. Augustine.

“Changes in patients’ conditions often occur in the off hours when physicians are not physically present at SNFs. This is precisely the time when TripleCare’s virtual physician services kick in. Our team of expert physicians nationwide work closely with on-site SNF nurses to immediately address these changes in an attempt to avoid hospitalizations. As a result, these virtual visits are reaping considerable financial savings for SNFs and our nation’s healthcare system. We also afford SNF patients and their families a better care experience and peace of mind, knowing TripleCare is there to offer physician oversight in the off hours,” explained Mary Jo Gorman, chief executive officer at TripleCare.

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