The Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) – convened by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Alliance for Connected Care, and American Telemedicine Association – convened a public briefing on its findings and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 telehealth flexibility expansions (full report).
First announced in June 2020 (details), the TTP was convened to study the effects of the rapid telehealth expansion in the wake of COVID-19 and to identify recommendations to policymakers on long-term measures for improving access to telehealth services. The taskforce consisted of a wide range of members, including individuals from medical practices, health insurers, trade organizations, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Based on its findings, the TTP offered the following general recommendations for the long-term advancement of telehealth:
- The current gaps in broadband access, technology, and digital literacy must promptly be address to ensure equity and not increase disparities;
- The federal government should permanently lift the statutory restrictions on geographic and originating sites, rules around clinician/patient relationships, and providing care across state lines; and,
- The federal government should resume full HIPAA privacy enforcement (which has temporarily been relaxed) once the pandemic ends.