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

September 18, 2020

Hospital Employees Encouraged to Register and Vote in November Election

The outcome of this year’s election will be critical to those who work in health care because those who are elected will make important decisions that affect health care as well as Pennsylvania’s hospitals. HAP is supporting the American Hospital Association’s “We Care, We Vote” campaign and is encouraging hospital employees to register to vote and to vote on November 3.

September 17, 2020

CMS Releases Guidance on Advancing Value-Based Care for Medicaid Populations

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance aimed at assisting states in moving to value-based care models within their Medicaid populations. In keeping with its strategy to enhance and increase value-based care models for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS believes aligning the Medicaid program, as well as encouraging private payors to adopt similar new payment models, will help drive care transformation and adoption of these new models. The guidance also includes new flexibilities awarded to states to help them with this transition.

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