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

July 08, 2020

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Advocate for Permanent Expansion of Telemedicine

Last week, Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) joined the signing of a bipartisan letter led by Senators Cassidy (R-LA) and Smith (D-MN) showing support for the flexibilities the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created to enhance providers’ ability to care for patients via telemedicine (also known as telehealth) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 25, 2020

HHS Announces Partnership to Fight COVID-19 in Vulnerable Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) awarded the Morehouse School of Medicine as the recipient of a new $40 million initiative to fight COVID-19 in racial and ethnic minority, rural, and socially vulnerable communities.

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