In “Washington expert shares insights on which telehealth flexibilities are likely to — and should — become permanent,” Faegre Drinker Consulting Director Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson shared her thoughts on the medical, political and cultural impact of virtual care in a Q&A with Athenahealth.
“What happens after the public health emergency is lifted?” is the question that unites both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C., said Stevenson. She also answered the following questions:
- The telehealth landscape has changed so much in the last year. What do you find most promising?
- Who should decide which services are most appropriate for virtual delivery and which should be made in person?
- You’re from Mississippi, which has a large rural population. Is that why telehealth as an option is so important to you?
- Recent Athenahealth research found that telehealth adoption of providers in Mississippi was among the lowest in the U.S. Do you think that’s a cultural shift, a technical issue or perhaps both?
- Typically, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services leads the way in terms of policy and payment, and the commercial markets follow. Is that the same for telehealth?
- Do you think reimbursement should and will stay the same post-public health emergency?