Telehealth

Telehealth—or telemedicine—is the exchange of medical information from one site to another via electronic communications in order to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Two-way video, email, smartphones, wireless tools, and other forms of telecommunications technology can be used to deliver high-quality health care through telemedicine.

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.  

Telemedicine testimony, PA House Professional Licensure Committee Hearing

Federal Activity

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.


HAP Contacts

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.

HAP News

April 02, 2020

Medicare’s “Hospitals Without Walls” Policy Takes Effect Immediately

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new initiative this week to allow hospitals to care for patients and bill Medicare and other government payors when they provide services outside traditional hospital settings. This allows for the use of ambulatory surgery centers that have canceled elective surgeries to be used for COVID-19 patient care. In addition, other non-hospital buildings approved by the state also can be used to help expand patient care areas.

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