Healthcare IT News June 24, 2021
Most pursued changes via administrative action, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report, which may not be a permanent solution after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
The Commonwealth Fund released an issue brief this week reviewing state actions to expand individual and group health insurance coverage of telemedicine between March 2020 and March 2021.
It found that 22 states changed laws or policies during that time period to require more robust insurance coverage of telemedicine.
“If telemedicine proves to be a less costly way to deliver care, payers and consumers may benefit from expanding coverage of telemedicine after the pandemic,” wrote report authors.
WHY IT MATTERS
In March 2020, federal regulators temporarily relaxed restrictions for telemedicine...