TeleHealth Update

Recorded when presented live, Tim Bickel was the Keynote Speaker at AAMAS’s 2020 Virtual Conference. Since 1998, Tim has been the Director for the Kentucky TeleHealth Network (KTHN) for the University of Louisville responsible for coordinating educational, clinical and administrative healthcare video conferences for the State of Kentucky. As the first Director for TeleHealth at the University of Louisville, he has worked with the other Kentucky TeleHealth Network Directors in the state on protocol development, office creation, contacts and site expansion for the state of Kentucky. He worked closely with his counterpart TeleHealth Director at the University of Kentucky to assist their state Senator and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to draft a comprehensive TeleHealth law that was passed and became effective July 1, 2019.

His previous experience has been as a medical office manager and practice developer for several Primary Care Center offices with the University of Louisville. He has also served as the University of Louisville Primary Care Center (PCC) Information Technology (IT) Manager, medical office Facilities Manager, and as a Retail Branch Bank Training Manager. He is a Certified TeleHealth Program Manager (CTPM), a Certified Medical Manager (CMM) and a graduate from the College Business Management Institute. Educated at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, Tim broadcasts many University of Louisville School of Medicine Grand Rounds throughout the state to areas where providers do not have access to Continuing Education opportunities and has broadcast teaching surgeries around the world. One such broadcast using the DaVinci surgical robot was attended by physicians from 28 countries on 5 continents. He assists with providing medical students access to classroom instruction using video conferencing during their AHEC clerkship rotations.

He serves on committees for the Mid-Atlantic TeleHealth Resource Centers in outreach and abstract and posters presentations. As Director for the University of Louisville’s TeleMedicine clinical outreach, he works with providers and staff to develop new telehealth practices. He has presented and co-hosted numerous TeleHealth conferences as well as the Kentucky Office of Rural Health.

Brief outline of session:
Continuing changes in TeleHealth law and reimbursement require providers and administrators either involved in providing TeleHealth services or considering getting involved should be informed. Information on current laws, reimbursement, technology, compliance issues, protocols, etc. will be discussed. An overview of Medicaid and variations throughout the states will be covered. Topics covered will involve School Health, Access to care, Technology needs, Compliance protocols regarding protection of PHI and HIPAA guidelines, reimbursement opportunities and guidelines including coding, Physician and Nurse Compact impact, information sources and available resource organizations.


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