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Telehealth plays big role in coronavirus cure | Commentary

Published Thursday, April 9, 2020
by JEROME M. ADAMS AND SEEMA VERMA
GUEST COLUMNISTS |
APR 09, 2020 
 

As our country responds to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, we are working rapidly to change the way we practice medicine to keep people safe.  One critical innovation is the use of telehealth, which allows patients to use smartphones, laptops, and other widely available technologies to connect with your healthcare team.

Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been toppling regulatory barriers to telehealth reimbursement during this emergency.

For the duration of the pandemic, Medicare beneficiaries may now stay at home and use a commonly available interactive form of technology like FaceTime or Skype to have a telehealth office visit.

Some hospitals and practices have online portals available as well, but you can also simply use your telephone. These developments are a game-changer for new and established patients, as well as their trusted clinicians.  

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