Innovation Through Regulation: COVID-19 and the Evolving Utility of Telemedicine

August 1, 2020

A year ago, a group of AMDA leaders spent the day on Capitol Hill advocating for policy changes related to post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) telemedicine. A main point of discussion was the need to revise the regulations governing payment for telemedicine visits in a way that would make it more feasible for PALTC clinicians working with facilities to use telemedicine tools to care for residents. Medicare payment for telemedicine physician visits has largely been to support rural nursing homes and limited to no more frequently than monthly regardless of medical necessity.