Recent events indicate the telehealth boom caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a permanent expansion of virtual care. On Aug. 3, the Trump administration issued an executive order directing HHS to make permanent some of the telehealth regulations it relaxed for Medicare beneficiaries during the public health emergency. Plus, a newly unveiled deal would marry two major telehealth players. However, experts say Congress must act to make expanded telehealth offerings permanent and sustainable, which is unlikely to happen until after the election.
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