Outdated Regs, Reimbursement May Roll Back Telehealth Gains

Although use of telehealth services has surged in recent months, experts say that the permanence of a shift to virtual care is far from certain, unless regulations and the industry’s reimbursement model change dramatically.

Emergency measures adopted by the Trump administration and states have allowed telehealth providers to significantly scale up in recent weeks. Using waiver authority, HHS temporarily relaxed the rules surrounding Medicare reimbursement for telehealth, which had included limits such as requiring the patient to live in a designated rural area. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a $200 million appropriation to the Federal Communications Commission to expand telehealth services, and in April the FCC announced a $100 million program to build out broadband capacity for health care providers. And according to a recent paper from two think tanks, the Brookings Institution and the John Locke Society, many states have moved to waive in-state licensure requirements for telehealth providers.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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