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I started using the video option through simple practice and love it! I have 2 clients scheduled tomorrow with it and wanted to verify their insurance covered telehealth. When I called Cigna and BCBS they both said yes they cover it but both said I had to use a certain video vendor. Not that you can quote benefits but is this common? I feel like simple practice would be aware of this challenge with billing insurances. I also wonder if they are looking up telehealth for doctors. I'm hoping to hear I don't have to pay for 3 different applications for 3 different clients. :(

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    Gillian

    Hi Julie, what state are you in? 

    Hi Julie, what state are you in? 

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    Kathryn Jackson, MN, CNM, ARNP

    Cigna uses AmWell as its video platform. I know because I just spent a frustrating day trying to get signed up with their platform (seems like once you are, you can use it for any patient, but I[m not altogether sure about that).

    Anyway, even though Cigna contracts with non-physician providers, AmWell doesn't in some states. I thought I'd get by on their private practice platform, but think I'll end up being told after they've vetted me that (even though I pay my own malpractice--an AmWell requirement), that they're not taking any non-physician providers at this time. I keep running into a splash page that says that.

    Very frustrating trying to find a HIPPA compliant Telehealth platform that will take me, with my > 30 years experience as a women's health specialist and midwife. I don't mind paying a small monthly fee like Simple practice has, but what with my EHR and the percentage taken by banks for use of any HSA/debit/credit card, I'm just giving away the income I work so hard for.

    OK, that's me.

    Thanks for letting me rant.

     

    Kay

    Cigna uses AmWell as its video platform. I know because I just spent a frustrating day trying to get signed up with their platform (seems like once you are, you can use it for any patient, but I[m not altogether sure about that).

    Anyway, even though Cigna contracts with non-physician providers, AmWell doesn't in some states. I thought I'd get by on their private practice platform, but think I'll end up being told after they've vetted me that (even though I pay my own malpractice--an AmWell requirement), that they're not taking any non-physician providers at this time. I keep running into a splash page that says that.

    Very frustrating trying to find a HIPPA compliant Telehealth platform that will take me, with my > 30 years experience as a women's health specialist and midwife. I don't mind paying a small monthly fee like Simple practice has, but what with my EHR and the percentage taken by banks for use of any HSA/debit/credit card, I'm just giving away the income I work so hard for.

    OK, that's me.

    Thanks for letting me rant.

     

    Kay