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Virtual Health As Strategy—Starting With Telehealth

By Monica E. Oss

As we come to the close of 2018, I was looking back at some of the issues where we have seen the needle move significantly in health and human services this year. My big takeaways? Fee-for-service is slowly but steadily being replaced by value-based forms of reimbursement (see Preparing For The Very Glacial VBR Rollout In Some Markets). “Therapy” (of many types) will be largely virtual (see First Telehealth-Now Virtual Health). “Primary care” will look very different in just a few years (see The Primary Care Reinvention). And, technology is one of the few viable solutions to the health and human service staffing issues. What are the implications? I think the two most critical strategic skills for provider organization executive teams in 2019 fall...


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On November 26, 2018, Beacon Health Options launched Beacon Care Services, a new business entity that will provide outpatient mental health services. The first Beacon Care Services practice is located at the Walmart store in Carrollton, Texas. In the coming months, the practice plans to accept health coverage programs so people can take advantage of their health plan’s mental and...

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