The COVID-19 pandemic has forced America’s health care system to adapt and rethink. A safe harbor for health centers has been the ability to expand telehealth care, and the benefits to our patients have been substantial. Preserving and expanding access to care during the pandemic was only possible due to state and federal telehealth policies that gave providers greater ability to expand access. However, many of these provisions expire when the pandemic-related Public Health Emergency (PHE) is terminated, likely in 2022. That is why a range of state and federal policy actions are required to make these advancements permanent. This session will focus on key policy actions that PCAs are pursuing to preserve and make permanent telehealth services in Medicare and Medicaid.
Discuss current and future telehealth legislation on the state and federal level.
Seek input and feedback on short- and long-term advocacy, research, and other critical pieces needed to support telehealth policies.
Identify best practices that have led to telehealth policy success.