Mike Kelly added that current law doesn’t qualify medical professionals to deliver disease management via telehealth services.
Health centers using telehealth for remote clinical care are performing slightly better in clinical quality measures than those relying on in-person care.
Telehealth software have supported the treatment of mental health patients. The Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists rule permits therapists to conduct the initial patient evaluation via telehealth.
The new rule will come to effect in the 2020 plan year and will allow Medicare Advantage to offer telehealth service as part of their basic benefit package.
Dr. David McSwain, chief medical information officer of the Medical University of South Carolina believes that many remain skeptical or opposed to the growth of telehealth.