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Coronavirus response could give long-awaited jolt to telehealth

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Coronavirus response could give long-awaited jolt to telehealth

March 19, 2020

COVID-19 response could give long-awaited jolt to telehealth

Telehealth may be about to boom as federal officials push doctors to video chat with patients, hoping to reduce stress on hospitals preparing for a flood of coronavirus cases.

The Trump administration has used the president's national emergency declaration and an emergency funding package to lift key barriers to virtual care, including rules that limited payments for telehealth visits and blocked the use of popular video messaging platforms like FaceTime over privacy concerns. Many private insurers appear to be quickly following suit, raising the prospect that remote consultation could become the new normal long after the crisis subsides.

The full Politico article can be viewed at this link.  

 

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