HHS awarded $15 million dollars to support telehealth activites in the wake of the Coronavirus. (HHS Announcement). In addition the FCC and others have provided grants and other sources of funding to support the shift to telehealth. There are conflicting reports from Medicare regarding how much they will reimburse for telehealth visits during the pandemic, and what providers say they are actually receiving. In light of the explosion of telehealth right now, discuss the following:
- What are some of the issues that providers are experiencing with regard to getting paid for telehealth services vs face-to-face services?
- What are some unforeseen obstacles that can occur when we switch to telehealth services from the provider, payer and patient perspective?
- How has this aspect of the pandemic changed the delivery of healthcare for the future?