In an article by STAT, Faegre Drinker Consulting Director Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson addressed lobbying efforts surrounding telehealth and how lawmakers must decide whether to permanently loosen regulations that were temporarily eased during the pandemic.
Stevenson lobbies on behalf of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the adoption of telehealth. She noted that while the ATA has a lobbying budget of $30,000 per quarter, the disclosures don’t reflect the group’s work on coalition-building and member education on policy issues.
In response to some lawmakers’ fears that flexibilities may open the door to more Medicare fraud, Stevenson said, “There is a historic current of distrust around health technology, and we have not been able to turn certain members 180 degrees in one year. They think they should be able to control certain aspects.”
The full article is available for STAT subscribers.