Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), and Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), announced the introduction of the “Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act” on July 16.
According to a press release from the bipartisan group of legislators, this bill continues the expanded use of telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic by eliminating restrictions on its use in Medicare, providing a bridge for patients currently using the practices because of the crisis, and requiring a study on the use of telehealth during COVID-19. The act calls for:
APMA has long supported expanded use of telehealth for podiatric patients. During the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), CMS has used its emergency authority to grant physicians, including podiatrists, more flexibility to use telehealth in their practices. This bill would extend many of these flexibilities beyond the PHE.
APMA thanks a4ll the bill sponsors for their leadership. To see all of APMA’s related resources and tools on providing health services remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.apma.org/EMRemote.