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Changes in reimbursement due to COVID-19 have made possible surge in use of telemedicine By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant “There’s a time and place to stop at the office,” Battles said. “Telehealth is largely good and helpful.”Chris Battles Using technology to access healthcare isn’t new but it looks like the pandemic-fueled surge in telehealth will continue even after the pandemic wanes. Loretto, which has adopted the technology for years, early in April announced that its existing telehealth program expanded to help keep residents and participants safe at home. Using the MonitorMe, a real-time system, Loretto could keep tabs on vital signs through a disposable patch. It monitors temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse, heart rate and more. An off-site medical team tracks information and Loretto staff is notified if anything is amiss. The system also allows participants to connect to clinicians any time via audio or visual through the accompanying app on a tablet. Medicare and Medicaid cover the program. “Loretto has been using telehealth for years, but this is a welcomed addition at a critical time for our residents and participants.” said Joelle Margrey, vice president of skilled nursing and rehabilitation at Loretto. “Telehealth programs like MonitorMe allow our residents