MedCity Beats reports…
“There’s been emerging evidence over time suggesting the equivalence of telehealth and face-to-face therapy,” Anderson said, adding, “when the science tells us something is good or helpful, it’s not always quick that you see a switch in practice.”
The previous hesitation to embrace televideo sessions could be due to many factors, Anderson said. Now, though, Medicare beneficiaries can receive telemedicine services regardless of if they’re in rural communities, part of the restrictions freed up by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Before this month, that wasn’t the case.
Another concern is ensuring HIPAA compliance and patient privacy. But by using one of the approved video platforms and having a brief check-in with the patient before starting the meeting, Anderson said this has been easy to navigate.
For many of his patients, having continued care during what is an especially stressful time, is invaluable.
They make some good points for removing these telehealth barriers beyond the threat of coronavirus.