Webinar: Specialty Care in the Age of COVID

Post Date: October 15, 2021

Many hospitals can’t staff out all clinical lines, especially non-procedure-based services like infectious disease, neurology, pulmonology, psychiatry, non-invasive cardiology, etc. This can be for lack of volume, lack of funds, lack of needed specialists locally, or all of the above. While this has always harmed patients and hospitals in a wide variety of financial and medical ways, in the age of COVID-19, this lack of specialist access has become catastrophic for small and rural medical facilities. With the recent changes in telemedicine coverage driven by CMS, however, hospitals have a new solution to this medical access problem: multi-specialty tele-consults. This webinar will cover the importance and benefits of offering such non-procedure based specialties locally, especially at hospitals dealing with the influx of COVID-19 patients; explore how recent coverage changes for multi-specialty tele-consults allow hospitals to bridge the medical access gap in a financially attractive manner; and answer questions around the logistics and implementation of such a service.


  1. Understand the various negative medical and financial impacts of not offering key non-procedure based specialties locally, especially during COVID.
  2. Understand the recent changes in Medicare and other Payors’ telemedicine coverage and what that means for hospitals’ physician coverage options.
  3. Understand the options available for specialty tele-consults, especially for hospitals looking to provide immediate access to commonly needed specialty support for COVID patients, specifically in infectious disease & pulmonology (proper treatment and drug protocols, vent management for hospitals unused to keeping intubated patients, etc.) Additional tele-specialty coverage options to deal with COVID-19 driven peripheral needs, such as neurology, cardiology, nephrology, and psychiatry, will also be covered.
  4. Understand the logistics and technology involved in setting up a multi-specialty tele-consult service, and best practices for implementation.
  5. Understand what medical and financial benefits hospitals that have implemented remote specialty coverage have seen, including how this type of support can help facilities treat higher acuity patients locally, and related best practice takeaways.

Event Date: October 28, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

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Meeting ID: 889 7714 7714 Passcode: 641919