Bloomberg: Before the Covid era, telehealth accounted for less than 1% of outpatient care, according to Kaiser Family Foundation. Telehealth services have skyrocketed since then, peaking at 40% of outpatient visits for mental health and substance abuse.
Telemedicine has gone viral after COVID-19 hit, but restrictions are back on care provided across state lines.
…Over the past year, nearly 40 states and Washington, D.C., have ended emergency declarations that made it easier for doctors to use video visits to see patients in another state, according to the Connected Care Alliance, which advocates the use of telemedicine.
…to state medical boards, the patient’s location during a telemedicine visit is where the appointment is made. One McDonald’s, Massachusetts General Hospital, requires that physicians in a patient’s case be licensed to make virtual visits.
I know people who have had to travel across the Virginia/Maryland border only to find a wifi spot to get a telemedicine appointment with their MD. silly.
as such I wrote earlier:
Telemedicine innovations pioneered during the pandemic should remain as options. No one doubts that some medical services are better performed in person nor that the request for in-person visits limits some types of fraud and abuse. However, the goal should be to ensure quality by regulating the medical provider and not regulating how they perform their services. Communication technology is improving at a record pace. We’ve moved from phones to Facetime and soon we’ll have more cutting-edge virtual presence technology that can be combined with the next generation of Apple Watches and Fitbits that collect medical information. We want to base medical care on advances in other industries and not be bound by 19th and 20th century technology.