Legislation to expand access to telehealth services is likely to pass Congress this year. But what exactly will it entail?
For many Americans, medical care over the past 18 months has been easier than ever: Patients use their phone or computer to log into a telehealth portal, where they see and talk with a doctor to get needed care. But it isn’t always so simple or straightforward.
For those with access, telehealth may be the most important force multiplier in American health care today. But for the 57 million people living in rural America, the technology could further inequality.
Capping a year and a half of explosive growth in telehealth, “Getting Telehealth Policy Right” allowed experts, advocates, patients and providers to explore timely questions of policy, access and balance.
What role will telehealth play in a post-COVID world? Patients, health care providers and policymakers are discovering that the question is both complex and critical.
Even as the Delta variant upends the country’s “return to normalcy,” some states are dismantling policies that keep telemedicine accessible. The move could undermine care and put patients at risk.
By David Charles, MD “I’m never coming back into the office again!” That’s how one of my patients responded after his first virtual doctor’s visit last year. I hope he’s wrong. Don’t misunderstand me. Telehealth is a powerful and important tool. Its value during the pandemic can hardly be understated. Going forward, it will […]
The very patients who stand to benefit most from telemedicine aren’t, recent studies suggest. Now, gaps in access are calling for creative solutions.
Even the biggest skeptic can be converted into a ferocious advocate. I know from first-hand experience.
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted around the country, some health insurers are changing their tune on telemedicine.