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UCLA Issue Brief Examines Telehealth Considerations for Vulnerable Populations

Published Thursday, June 11, 2020

UCLA Issue Brief Examines Telehealth Considerations for Vulnerable Populations
 

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)’s Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture released an issue brief examining the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to care for vulnerable populations and provides policy recommendations to ensure access to high quality care for all patients through telehealth. Recommendations include:

  • Support the expansion of telehealth services for primary care providers.
  • Ensure access for patients facing limitations in access to the internet and technology necessary to participate in telehealth.
  • Provide primary care doctors the tools necessary to care for patients at a distance.
  • Ensure appropriate payment for telehealth services for the long-term.
  • Expand telehealth services in specialty care, including hospice care, behavioral health specialists, and chronic care management.
  • Support the expansion of telehealth use in the acute care setting.
  • Ensure coverage and access to medical interpreters.

To learn more, read UCLA’s full report on Telehealth & COVID-19.