Technology | 02.16.21
More States Require Telehealth Coverage Going Into 2021
MedCity News (02/09/21) Reuter, Elise
Several states have passed laws requiring commercial insurance plans to permanently cover more telehealth services. Of these states, 14 require insurers to pay the same amount for telehealth visits as in-person visits. In Arizona, for instance, a new law mandates that commercial insurers cover remote patient monitoring and asynchronous visits, such as when a patient's primary care physician shares an X-ray or lab report with a specialist. With the exception of Tennessee, states also have lifted restrictions on patients' originating site, which would have required them to be in a specific clinical setting for virtual visits to be covered. However, parity requirements don't address the use of devices such as connected blood pressure monitors to keep track of patients' health at home.
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