ACHC offers distinction in telehealth

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

CARY, N.C. – The Accreditation Commission for Health Care has launched its Distinction in Telehealth for health care providers in collaboration with Health Recovery Solutions, a national provider of telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions. As the focus on telehealth expands, providers are turning to digital telehealth options as safe, efficient and cost-effective alternatives to traditional in-person visits, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, ACHC says. “Telehealth is dramatically changing the way we view health care,” said Matt Hughes, director of business development for ACHC. “ACHC and HRS share a commitment to promoting comprehensive advancements in telehealth throughout the industry. This will open new avenues for providers, giving them more opportunities to ensure continuity of care and minimize risk.” ACHC and HRS based standards for the distinction on telehealth clinical guidelines of the American Telemedicine Association. ACHC clinical experts collaborated with Patty Upham, vice president of clinical services at HRS, and Beth O’Leary, a physician assistant affiliated with University of North Carolina Health Care, to develop the standards. The distinction is available for organizations offering services in ambulatory care, behavioral health, home health, hospice, private duty and renal dialysis.