Telehealth Advocates Lobby Congress to Extend Telehealth Flexibilities

Telehealth Advocates Lobby Congress to Extend Telehealth Flexibilities

  • Earlier this month, a group of 49 lawmakers sent a letter imploring Congress to “extend the current level of telehealth access and coverage beyond the coronavirus pandemic.”
  • Last week, several telehealth advocates added their voices to the call for continued telehealth access and coverage beyond COVID in a letter to Congressional leaders.
  • Among the groups in support are the Alliance for Connected Care, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Connected Health Initiative, and HIMSS.
  • The letter specifically asks Congress to extend telehealth flexibilities through the end of 2021.
  • Some of these flexibilities include removing geographic restrictions, allowing the patient’s home to be an originating site, and enabling certain providers to be reimbursed for telehealth.
  • Despite the continued barrage for extended telehealth, it is not clear whether Congress will take any legislative action in response to these letters.
  • For the full story, read here.

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