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House committee examines future of telehealth

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this week lauded advancements in telehealth during a hearing on Tuesday.

Committee members on both sides of the aisle praised the benefits of telehealth realized during the pandemic but cautioned that careful consideration of current waivers is needed before making them permanent.

Key concerns include equitable access, infrastructure improvements, fraud prevention and services and payments needed to ensure quality care.

HANYS continues to support efforts to make permanent or extend critical flexibilities and changes implemented in response to the pandemic to enable greater access to telehealth. The Telehealth Modernization Act (S.368) would help achieve this goal in part by lifting geographic and originating site restrictions and expanding the list of covered telehealth services. HANYS is also committed to ensuring adequate provider reimbursement for telehealth services, among other important policies as outlined in HANYS’ telehealth chart. Contact: Elyse Oveson

Published March 5, 2021