Fierce Health Payer July 26, 2021
More than 400 advocacy groups are calling for Congress to act quickly to permanently expand flexibilities for telehealth that could go away after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency expected to run through 2021.
The 430 groups sent a letter to congressional leadership on Monday underscoring the urgency for action now amid concerns from providers that expanded telehealth access could expire abruptly after the emergency ends.
“Once it expires all bets are off,” Jen Covich Bordenick, CEO of the eHealth Initiative, told Fierce Healthcare in an interview. The initiative is one of the 430 groups that signed onto the letter.
At the onset of the pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services removed several barriers to telehealth...