Congress Gets Another Shot at Easing Telehealth Licensure Restrictions

by Larry Emmott on March 1, 2021

in Corona Pandemic,Health Care Politics,Telemedicine

From mHealth Intelligence:

The TREAT Act, which has the support of dozens of health systems and connected health organizations, would allow providers to bypass licensing rules and use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Congress Gets Another Shot at Easing Telehealth Licensure Restrictions

I have often made the point that the primary barrier to increased acceptance of telemedicine is not the technology but the politics. This act is a good step but it is very limited. Hopefully it will lead to more permanent rules.

I am usually a big fan of local control in politics however the Internet has expanded the meaning of local. I cannot determine how it is in the best interests of our patients to not allow them to seek the best most timely care online simply because it is offered by a dentist in a different state. Or why insurance companies will not pay for a telemedicine appointment if the outcomes are good and the cost is lower.

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