To understand how healthcare in the future may have permanently shifted to more telehealth solutions.
The NAHC has issued an urgent plea for CMS to provide access and financial support for protective equipment for home-care workers.
On March 6, it was announced that telehealthfor Medicare recipients was being extended to essentially cover all beneficiaries. Reimbursement rates were to be the same as in-person visits.
The bill also relaxed telehealth delivery, allowing it be delivered on platforms like smartphones.
At the same time, the government announced it was happy for providers to extend telehealth reimbursement for existing Medicaid patients, as well, though it is ultimately the states that determine this.
Additionally, the HHS division responsible for enforcing HIPAA announced it was temporarily taking a more relaxed position on enforcing HIPAA, especially as related to telehealth.
Additionally, now more types of clinicians can offer telehealth services under Medicare. These now include nurse practioners, clinical psychologists and social workers.
Furthermore, "the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs."
The DEA has also lifted its requirement that a person must be examined in-person once before they can be prescribed controlled substances.
Some payors, like Aetna and BCBS announced they were waiving copays for telehealth visits.
UnitedHealth Group has announced that any of its providers can offer telehealth can do so. Benefits will be in accordance to the member's plan.
Some providers have reported their systems have been flooded or overloaded by the new increased move to telehealth. The Cleveland Clinic reported 15x more tele-consult requests in the past week.