ABSTRACT

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): A Primer on Telehealth [July 26, 2019]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Document: "The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is leveraging the use of 'telehealth' with the goal of expanding veterans' access to VA care. Telehealth generally refers to the use of information and communication technology to deliver a health care service. It is a mode of health care delivery that extends beyond the 'brick-and-mortar' health care facilities of the VHA. VA telehealth services are generally provided on an outpatient basis and supplement in-person care. Such services do not replace VA in-person care. The VA copay requirements for telehealth are the same as for VA in-person care, but in some cases may be lower than the copays for VA in-person outpatient health care services delivered through the VHA. President Trump and Congress have recently enacted measures such as the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks of 2018 (VA MISSION Act; P.L. 115-182) that aim to address the access barriers that veterans may experience when accessing VA telehealth services across states lines. The VA MISSION Act, among other things, removes all geographic and licensing barriers to VA telehealth, thereby allowing veterans to access VA telehealth services in their communities from any location in the United States, U.S. territories, District of Columbia, and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R45834
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Date:
2019-07-26
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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