At least more than 400 healthcare and technology organizations are calling on Capitol Hill for the elimination of the restrictions while helping the FQHCs and the critical access hospitals to offer enhanced access to virtual care.
The leading healthcare industry stakeholders implored on the top leaders in the House and Senate to help to act on the growing telehealth cliff.
In a letter to the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and 430 organizations have called on them to capitalize the progress.
If they are not acting on it before the end of the pandemic, Medicare beneficiaries will lose their access to virtual care. It had also become the lifeline for many as of now. The groups have also called on Congress to get rid of its arbitrary restrictions regarding the use of telehealth. They urged to remove the limitations on the telemental health services.
Flexibilities enabled under Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the CARES Act. It has allowed clinicians across the country to scale the delivery. It also allowed to provide it to all Americans with access to virtual health.
In response, healthcare organizations across the nation have transformed and made significant investments. They have also developed many new technologies and care delivery models to prepare for the future healthcare needs of America.
Unfortunately, this progress is now in jeopardy. Many of the telehealth flexibilities are temperate and limited up to the duration of the pandemic. Without the action of Congress and the Medicare beneficiaries, it will lose access to the recently expanded coverages.
The letter also notes that half of the virtual care has become ubiquitous and efficient. It has also helped to address the care disparities. One in the four Medicare beneficiaries have accessed telehealth, and 91% of them said that they had achieved satisfaction.