“Our providers have seen the benefits of virtual care and we’re stepping up to help them make the transition faster, leaning on our five years of experience and knowledge to change protocols to be the most responsive possible.”
March 24, 2020
As providers are increasingly turning to virtual care solutions to monitor their patients amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Babyscripts, the leading virtual care platform for obstetrics, is dramatically reducing in-person prenatal visit schedules for low risk patients to 4-6 appointments through term (37 weeks), then weekly thereafter, with slightly modified schedules for high-risk patients. The standard amount of in-person prenatal care visits is 12-14. With the help of mobile health and their remote patient monitoring platform, Babyscripts is safely transitioning prenatal care outside the clinic.
For the past five years, Babyscripts has been reducing the need for in-person appointments through their virtual maternity solution. As more states release shelter-in-place advisories and tighten social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus outbreak, Babyscripts has responded to increased demand from new and existing customers to further enable providers to decrease in-person visits while remaining connected to their patients and delivering the same level of care.
“Our providers have seen the benefits of virtual care and we’re stepping up to help them make the transition faster,” said Juan Pablo Segura, President of Babyscripts. “We are bringing five years of experience and a wealth of clinical data to the table, and our customers are leaning on that knowledge to change their protocols to be the most responsive possible.”
In concert with remote patient monitoring (RPM), providers deliver the same testing typically available during in-office prenatal visits, and rely on RPM to track compliance to weekly measurements and identify elevated risk. Through Babyscripts myJourney, a mobile app, patients are kept abreast of the most up-to-date information available, including symptoms to look for; risk-management information around social distancing and limiting exposure; changing policies around visitation, water-births, doulas, et al.; health system specific information on initiatives like drive-through testing and virtual visits; and local information like library and food bank closures that affect life outside of healthcare. These resources have seen engagement rates between 80-100%, reinforcing the value that pregnant mothers place on trusted provider information in real-time.
Further fueling adoption, telehealth and RPM reimbursements are now available for providers to implement these revised prenatal visit schedules with technology, as both public and private health insurers have taken steps to increase access due to concern over the spread of COVID-19.
Two codes that Babyscripts highlights for their customers are:
- 99453 – Initial set-up and patient education on the use of monitoring equipment
- 99454 – Initial collection, transmission and report/summary services to the clinician managing the patient.
*Providers are recommended to directly contact payers to confirm coverage of the above two codes as it relates to working with Babyscripts.
As new developments around COVID-19 present themselves, Babyscripts will continue to work directly with providers to establish protocols, disseminate information, and deliver the most up-to-date solutions to mothers and babies.
Babyscripts is a company delivering a new model for prenatal and postpartum care that is transforming the way expectant mothers use technology to work with their healthcare providers. We’ve spent the last six years delivering the most-implemented mobile clinical solution for remote monitoring in pregnancy, with the mission to eliminate maternal mortality and improve access to care for all mothers. For more information on our virtual care solution and to request a demo, visit http://www.babyscripts.com.
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