The stay-at-home order many states imposed was something many Americans did not anticipate. Elective surgeries were being postponed, physicals and regular checkups were being canceled and older generations and those with compromised immune systems were in isolation. And although telehealth existed pre-Covid-19, it certainly feels that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has carved out a new specialty with telehealth.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the CMS decreased many telehealth requirements. These changes allowed patients at home to easily connect with available physicians. Some of the changes included; allowing the implementation of new mobile applications and devices, removing requirements of having met in the MD in person and allowing states to honor other state licenses were several of the temporary changes. In the last few months, many patients have perhaps Zoomed or used FaceTime with their physician. Many are now used to “online” appointments and in-person appointments are reserved for patients who really need to be seen by the doctor. There is even remote patient monitoring technology which allows physicians to keep tabs on their patients. With these transformative changes unleashed over the last several months, it’s hard to imagine merely reverting to the way things were before. According to the American Hospital Association, 76 percent of hospitals in the U.S. connect with telehealth services. Here are more than 275 telehealth companies to know. Click some additional telehealth information and resources: