New ‘Top Docs’ addresses telemedicine & telehealth from M.D./D.O. perspectives

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses telemedicine and telehealth from a number of important physician perspectives.

It features Matthew Katz, who is a physician practice and provider reimbursement and claims processing consultant for the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) – whose mission is to “advance fair and transparent payment policies and contractual practices by payers and others.”

Katz discusses…

– The difference between telemedicine and telehealth
– What Georgia and the federal government have done to make telehealth more accessible
– How telemedicine reimbursement has changed in recent months
– Whether insurers are offering any incentives to increase the use of telehealth
– Differences in the ways insurers cover or reimburse for telehealth
– His forecast for what insurers will do after the pandemic
– How telehealth technology is changing
– How a physician knows if a telehealth technology is a good fit for them
– His advice for physicians who are thinking about using telehealth
– Whether he believes telehealth can replace face-to-face exams

Katz has more than 25 years of experience in health care insurance design and practice management – focusing on value-based payment models and improvements in billing, claims processing and payment. He served as the CEO of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) from 2006 to 2019. Before that, he was the director of private payer advocacy and the director of the Practice Management Center at the American Medical Association (AMA) – and he worked in AMA’s private sector advocacy unit and health policy development division. Katz also did contract review and negotiations work for Northwestern Memorial Hospital and coding and reimbursement consulting work for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He helped establish HealthyCT, which is a “COOP insurance entity that provided insurance coverage to more than 40,000 Connecticut residents [and was] one of the nation’s largest national accountable care organizations (ACOs) administered by physicians,” and CTHealthlink, which is the Connecticut Health Information Exchange. Katz has a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Institute for Health Services Research and Policy. 

MAG is a PAI member, and MAG CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr. serves on PAI’s Board of Directors.  

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached more than 1.2 million listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won two awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Award.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO. 

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio 

Resources

DCH waives certain Medicaid telehealth/telemedicine policies

MAG Georgia Temporary Telehealth Rules Fact Sheet

PAI website

PAI COVID-19 Resources web page

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.