Impact of Telehealth in Pennsylvania
Telehealth can be used to connect a specialist to a patient at a distance. It can be used to deliver life-saving care, as well as deliver routine care in a timely, cost-effective manner. Services delivered through telehealth can save time and money, as well as enhance health outcomes and support population health.
Telehealth can support the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting for Pennsylvanians.
Pennsylvania Telemedicine Legislation
HAP supports Senate Bill 857, which prevents insurers from prohibiting reimbursement for a service solely because it was provided via telemedicine.
HAP has supported efforts to expand the use of telemedicine for Medicare beneficiaries by addressing both coverage and payment limitations resulting from restrictive statutes and regulations. HAP has applauded Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for identifying particular opportunities to expand Medicare beneficiaries' access to telehealth services, but will continue to engage federal policymakers to make telehealth services more broadly available.
For more information, contact Stephanie Watkins, vice president, state legislative advocacy; or Kate Slatt, vice president, innovative payment and care delivery. For media inquiries, contact Rachel Moore, director, media relations.