Recommendations for expanding telehealth
Remove geographic and site limitations to enable patients to communicate remotely with their providers regardless of location. Currently, Medicare generally limits coverage of telehealth services to rural areas.
Ensure the appropriate reimbursement of providers for the delivery of telehealth, regardless of payer.
Include telehealth, remote patient monitoring and other connected-care technology as tools in new payment and delivery models such as medical homes and accountable care organizations.
Establish a multistakeholder process to develop a standard definition of safe, high-quality telehealth services.
Develop a consensus-based, anti-fraud guidance that will help ensure the secure delivery of medically appropriate telehealth services and serve as guidance to public and private payers.
Incorporate privacy and data security protections into any connected-care innovations to ensure patients and providers are following best practices to safeguard patient information.
Eliminate state regulatory barriers to the practice of telehealth. While some states mandate private payers to cover telehealth services, others do not. There are also coverage variations across state Medicaid programs.
Eliminate state professional licensure barriers that prohibit providers from furnishing telehealth services to patients across state lines.