MedPage Today November 19, 2020
Shannon Firth

Most physicians at the American Medical Association‘s virtual special meeting of its House of Delegates agreed that expanding access to telemedicine during the pandemic benefited patients and practices alike — saving at least one from bankruptcy.

In a recent AMA poll, 60% said that telehealth has improved the health of their patients.

Yet delegates struggled to craft policy recommendations that could preserve newfound telehealth flexibilities while side-stepping unintended consequences, such as payers diverting patients to other non-physicians for care and the perennial issue of caring for patients across state lines.

What started as a set of far-reaching policy proposals — touching on everything from copayments to in-state licensing — was whittled down to a set of core principles, first by...

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