Telemedicine Recommended in COVID19 Outbreak
COVID19 has quickly changed the trajectory of telemedicine acceptance on a state and national level. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors through telemedicine. WMC supports the actions by the Governor and the Department of Health to bolster the health care workforce to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WMC encourages physicians and physician assistants to use telemedicine, when appropriate, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. According to WMC policy, MDs and PAs may use telemedicine even without first seeing the patient in person if they believe it is in the best interests of the patient during this health crisis.
The Gov. has signed a proclamation of March 26, 2020, that allows parity for telemedicine services. State lines do not hamper the use of telemedicine and practitioners are encouraged to make use of technology to help the thousands during this pandemic.