Health Affairs May 10, 2021
Amol S. Navathe, Joshua M. Liao

Telehealth continues to play a critical role in health care delivery amid COVID-19. In a prior post, we described how policy makers can maximize the benefits of telehealth by featuring it prominently in a post-COVID-19 payment policy reboot. However, that reset should involve more than simply using telehealth to improve the effectiveness of existing alternative payment model (APM) strategies, such as redesigning discharge decisions or meeting quality measures through population health management.

Policy makers should capitalize on the fact that telehealth provides an opportunity to fundamentally rethink care delivery under APMs, enabling novel solutions that have remained untested to date. This potential for new strategies is particularly critical for interventions such as care management—widely popular and adopted by any providers in APMs, but...

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Topics: Digital Health, Govt Agencies, Health IT, Healthcare System, Insurance, Payment Models, Provider, Public Health, Technology, Telehealth
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