Source: Healthcare IT News
By Kat Jercich
A group of 16 provider and industry organizations this past week launched a campaign geared toward protecting and expanding access to telehealth.
Telehealth Access for America is aimed at educating the public about the need to enact permanent legislation around virtual care services.
“Without action from Congress, millions of Americans who have come to rely on telehealth services will lose access to the care they value,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said in a statement.
WHY IT MATTERS
Despite enjoying bipartisan support, telehealth has yet to see meaningful action from Congress in the COVID-19 era – and many advocates appear to be getting antsy.
This most recent effort has brought together a wide range of healthcare representatives, including:
- Adventist Health Policy Association.
- Alliance for Connected Care.
- American Heart Association.
- American Hospital Association.
- American Telemedicine Association.
- Consumer Technology Association.
- Executives for Health Innovation.
- Health Innovation Alliance.
- Healthcare Leadership Council.
- Included Health.
- Johns Hopkins Medicine.
- Partnership to Advance Virtual Care.
- Teladoc Health.
The campaign website includes information about the increased flexibility that has enabled the use of telehealth and cites studies about the modality’s benefits. It also offers users the chance to sign up for email updates about the campaign.
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