Healthcare at Home: Telehealth for Orthotics and Prosthetics

Published in Member Communities on February 17, 2021

Todd EagenOriginally featured in “VGM Playbook: Forecasting 2021” by VGM & Associates, president of OPGA, Todd Eagen, discusses how telehealth will most likely continue to be used in a majority of O&P practices post-pandemic. You can access the full playbook here

Orthotics and Prosthetics
Todd Eagen, President, OPGA

Due to the restrictions and recommendations brought on by the pandemic, O&P providers were required to improvise and adapt in many ways. One of these adaptations was the use of telehealth to help resolve patient care issues. Many providers began using HIPAA-compliant and secure systems to conduct consults, preliminary evaluations, and follow-ups. The hands-on nature of O&P care certainly does not allow for measuring, physically fitting, or adjusting devices, but there are many elements in the care process/ plan for a new prosthesis or orthosis that can be accomplished virtually.

Telehealth quote 1

Telehealth will most likely continue to be used in a majority of O&P practices post-pandemic. But remember, there are limitations to its use, and providers still do not get reimbursed for consults or troubleshooting unless there are adjustments made to a patient’s device. Telehealth will remain a very viable way to improve patients’ access to care, but providers need to ensure that the platform they are using is secure, HIPAA compliant, and that they are aware of and abide by all applicable state privacy and confidentiality regulations.

Telehealth quote 2

From Our Experts

Heartland Education Sessions and Prospectus Unveiled for 2024 thumbnail Heartland Education Sessions and Prospectus Unveiled for 2024 The VGM Heartland Conference is back, and this year will have a large focus on the CRT industry, with more CRT-dedicated courses, industry expert speakers, and vendor partners than ever before. Home Access: ‘The Next Three Years Are Pivotal' thumbnail Home Access: ‘The Next Three Years Are Pivotal' Jim Greatorex, Vice President of VGM Live at Home, chats with HME News about all the efforts to increase recognition and the uptake for home access. Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 thumbnail Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 In our current environment, with the challenges we face in billing, staffing and product availability, and ultimately the sustainability of our businesses, forecasting can be a great tool to help us manage those challenges. Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 thumbnail Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 In our current environment, with the challenges we face in billing, staffing and product availability, and ultimately the sustainability of our businesses, forecasting can be a great tool to help us manage those challenges. Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 thumbnail Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 In our current environment, with the challenges we face in billing, staffing and product availability, and ultimately the sustainability of our businesses, forecasting can be a great tool to help us manage those challenges. Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 thumbnail Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 In our current environment, with the challenges we face in billing, staffing and product availability, and ultimately the sustainability of our businesses, forecasting can be a great tool to help us manage those challenges. Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 thumbnail Business Forecasting: Strategies, Types, and Key Insights for 2024 In our current environment, with the challenges we face in billing, staffing and product availability, and ultimately the sustainability of our businesses, forecasting can be a great tool to help us manage those challenges. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Launches New Selection and Sizing Tools in the F&P myMask™ App thumbnail Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Launches New Selection and Sizing Tools in the F&P myMask™ App The updated F&P myMask App* now offers mask selection and sizing in addition to the existing step-by-step education and support video content.