Telehealth use has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is likely to remain higher than it was before the crisis on a permanent basis. However, the difficult work of regulating and establishing rate structure for telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic has only just started. Experts tell AIS Health that Congress might make permanent some of the emergency changes to telehealth rules enacted to ensure Americans could still receive care while sheltering at home, likely as part of the next coronavirus emergency spending package that could come shortly before Congress’ August recess. On June 17, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing about how to consolidate the gains in telehealth made necessary by the pandemic.
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