The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in telehealth services for both physical and behavioral health. U.S. Senator Tina Smith has introduced legislation that would help better fund these practices:
“We’ve seen an over thousand-fold increase in the use of telehealth. Before the outbreak, we were just looking at around 11-hundred telehealth visits per day in Minnesota. And by late April that was up to 15,000 telehealth visits a day.”
The bill also ensures providers are getting fully reimbursed by the insurance companies for their telehealth services.