Medicare Expands Coverage for Telemedicine During Coronavirus Outbreak

The rise of advanced technology has led to the growth of telemedicine, which often occurs “through a two-way interactive video and voice link.” As global spread of the coronavirus continues, various companies and universities have implemented remote learning and/or remote work schedules. In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the United States has passed coronavirus legislation which expands Medicare coverage to allow telemedicine services in geographical areas with coronavirus outbreaks. Previously, Medicare only covered residents of rural areas who used telemedicine because of the lack of doctors in proximity. This expansion of coverage may pave the way for “more lasting [and permanent] changes in Medicare’s coverage of virtual health care.”

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Blog post authored by Elizabeth DeVivo

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