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Telehealth Task Force Stops Short of Calling for In-Person Rates

Sept. 15, 2020, 6:02 PM

Medical care delivered using computers or telephones rather than through in-person visits hasn’t resulted in excess cost or increased use of services, a telehealth task force said.

But the Taskforce on Telehealth Policy, a group of health-care industry officials, didn’t agree on whether the telehealth rates paid to providers should be raised to the same level as in-person rates. Instead, “Telehealth services should be reimbursed based on a thoughtful consideration of the value provided and the cost of delivery—as is done with in-person care,” according to a report issued Tuesday making recommendations on how telehealth should be treated.

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