Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
Are you already using telemedicine in your LTC facility? Considering/planning to do so in the future? If you answered yes to either question, here’s an article you’ll want to review.
Recommendations to Enhance Telemedicine in Nursing Homes in the Age of COVID-19 is set to appear in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. The Pre-Proof is a 7-page document that contains some valuable information.
“Nursing homes (NHs) have been at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite representing <1% of the U.S. population, NH residents account for nearly 33% of all COVID-19 deaths. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services implemented sweeping telemedicine (TM) regulatory relief in an effort to reduce COVID-19 spread in NHs. Telemedicine activity in U.S. NHs has expanded dramatically4 5 but has not been without its challenges. Herein, we report 12 recommendations to enhance and sustain TM (Table 1) from a TM adoption study, certified as quality improvement by the UW Madison Health Sciences IRB.”
Be sure to review the entire Pre-Proof then view the summary of the study’s recommendations found in Table 1:
 Ford II JH, Jolles SA, Heller D, Langenstroer M, Crnich C, Recommendations
to Enhance Telemedicine in Nursing Homes in the Age of COVID-19, Journal of the American Medical
Directors Association (2021), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2021.10.002.