Many physicians have found telehealth useful to their practices during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). It has allowed allergists to connect with patients, kept patients safe and continue monitoring their patients’ asthma and allergic diseases during stay-at-home orders. But many are asking, “What’s next?”
The PHE scheduled to end July 25 will likely be extended, but when it does end all telehealth waivers will end too. The Advocacy Council has requested that Congress develop regulations and/or legislation to keep the telehealth services we’ve embraced during the PHE permanent.
In addition, we’ve reached out to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, requesting CMS continue to provide telehealth as a covered service for its beneficiaries. Many Medicare and Medicaid patients have embraced the ease with which they can visit a doctor for nonemergent care.
We’ve also called upon third-party-payers (to date, these include Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and America’s Health Insurance Plans) asking them to extend and make permanent their telehealth benefits.
The College’s Advocacy Council understands the concerns practices are facing during this PHE. We’ve developed resources for your clinicians, practice managers and patients – all available on our COVID-19 Resource page. The Advocacy Council – we have you covered.