July 1, 2020 -- The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has sent a letter to U.S. lawmakers, requesting they advance permanent telehealth reform.
U.S. Congress expanded access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic by giving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the authority to waive restrictions on Medicare telehealth services.
The temporary change resulted in many people using telemedicine for the first time and shows more may be more inclined to use it in the future, according to the ATA. With these positive results, the ATA has asked Congress to focus reform on numerous priorities, including:
Many companies and organizations, including Johns Hopkins Health System, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and the American College of Physicians, signed the letter.