Two members of the law firm Jones Day say even healthcare providers who have not used telemedicine should plan for it as the novel coronavirus spreads, now that rapidly changing laws erase the red tape that has limited use.
CRANBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Writers in the April issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® call on healthcare providers to embrace telemedicine to address the “unique challenges” of the COVID-19 outbreak, which they say can prevent overcrowding in emergency departments and clinics and help contain disease spread.
“Incorporating Telemedicine as Part of COVID-19 Outbreak Response Systems,” from Jones Day attorneys Kimberly Lovett Rockwell, MD, JD, and Alexis S. Gilroy, JD, outlines how state, federal and international telemedicine laws are evolving to accommodate telemedicine—both to allow public payers such as Medicare to cover it and to allow nonphysician providers to be compensated.
“Because of this mounting public urgency and currently uncontained spread, healthcare providers are already experiencing and must prepare for additional increased volumes of both sick and worried-well patients that could strain hospital care units and medical equipment supply chains,” the authors say.
Telemedicine, they write, is for everyone, from primary care to urgent care to specialty providers. “Even healthcare providers who have not yet adopted telemedicine capabilities should consider implementing narrowly designed systems to mitigate the expected increase in volumes of low-acuity patients seeking reassurance.”
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