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Gubernatorial Strategies for Telehealth   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "As COVID-19 [coronavirus disease] continues to rapidly spread throughout the nation, states are taking sweeping actions to restrict individuals from congregating and encouraging self-quarantine to flatten the curve of the virus. One of the key strategies in this effort is telemedicine - allowing individuals to receive virtual care - which can reduce the spread of the virus and expand health care capacity by keeping potentially ill individuals in their homes, reducing exposure of health care workers and reducing the number of people needing care in facilities. Many states will need to take swift action to ensure that the providers in their states are ready and able to provide telemedicine in a manner that best addresses COVID-19. States may use a variety of vehicles to achieve this goal depending on existing authorities and flexibilities, including gubernatorial authority, regulation, and legislation (where necessary) in order to limit unnecessary interactions and reduce the number of new infections. To date, the federal government and many states have already taken steps to increase access to telehealth services by increasing the types of reimbursable covered services, reducing consumer costs, reducing participation requirements and barriers for providers, and increasing the modalities through which services may be offered via telehealth. However, there are many variations across states ranging from how Medicaid and private health insurance reimburses telehealth services, to what type of provider and what setting may be authorized for these services."

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2020-03-20
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National Governors' Association
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