By Jared Augenstein, Director, Manatt Health | Sabrina Corlette, Research Professor and Co-Director, Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reforms | Dr. Clara Filice, Senior Medical Director, MassHealth Payment and Care Delivery Innovation | Debra Judy, Deputy Commissioner of Policy Affairs, Colorado Division of Insurance | Heather Howard, Director, State Health and Value Strategies | Dan Meuse, Deputy Director, State Health and Value Strategies
As COVID-19 has spread across the country, telehealth has proven to be an essential tool for maintaining access to health services while conforming with social distancing restrictions and reducing unnecessary exposure risk for healthcare providers and consumers. Nearly all states have, in some way, expanded coverage or reimbursement for telehealth services on a temporary basis during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nationally telehealth visits now account for 10 to 20 percent of overall outpatient utilization.
As the first COVID-19 apex passes, state Medicaid programs are now grappling with how to maintain access to telehealth services in a severely budget-constrained environment. States are also considering issues related to telehealth coverage and reimbursement requirements in the commercial market, cross-state licensure flexibilities, consumer uptake of telehealth, and technology access barriers faced by historically underserved populations. Furthermore, by connecting underserved populations to necessary and timely healthcare, telehealth can be a tool to advance health equity; as states continue to address health equity issues, it is important for them to consider ways to maintain access to telehealth services in a manner that ensures a more equitable healthcare system for all.
On June 12, Manatt Health’s Jared Augenstein participated in “Virtual Care Post-Apex: Rethinking Telehealth Policy After the COVID-19 Surge,” a webinar reviewing the current telehealth policy landscape and considerations for states as they design their post-apex telehealth policies. The webinar was hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies program, and also featured brief remarks by the co-director of the Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reforms and state officials from Colorado and Massachusetts.
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Jared Augenstein, Director, Manatt Health
Sabrina Corlette, Research Professor and Co-Director, Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reforms
Dr. Clara Filice, Senior Medical Director, MassHealth Payment and Care Delivery Innovation
Debra Judy, Deputy Commissioner of Policy Affairs, Colorado Division of Insurance
Heather Howard, Director, State Health and Value Strategies
Dan Meuse, Deputy Director, State Health and Value Strategies
Date and Time:
Friday, June 12, 2020
Noon–1 p.m. ET
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