Telemedicine may be coming to a state near year. Several legislators in Washington State have introduced SB 5355 expanding the use of telemedicine to improve access to care for injured workers. Currently, SB 5355 is would require the Department of Labor and Industries to develop access to telemedicine and reimburse providers accordingly. By telemedicine, the authors mean interactive audio and video technology with access to several places including hospitals, rural health centers and homes. Right now it’s just Washington, but states are the laboratories of innovation.
Other states my consider and sign into law similar legislation. More convenient access for injured workers could increase consultations, thus increasing fees for providers. But this is short-term. Decreasing costs in transportation and easier one-on-one access to doctors and nurse practitioners, could actually improve outcomes for injured workers. This means less time off work and quicker claims resolution. Technology is a key to costs for staffing companies. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.