Telehealth

Telehealth—or telemedicine—is the exchange of medical information from one site to another via electronic communications in order to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Two-way video, email, smartphones, wireless tools, and other forms of telecommunications technology can be used to deliver high-quality health care through telemedicine.

Impact of Telehealth in Pennsylvania

Telehealth can be used to connect a specialist to a patient at a distance. It can be used to deliver life-saving care, as well as deliver routine care in a timely, cost-effective manner. Services delivered through telehealth can save time and money, as well as enhance health outcomes and support population health.

Telehealth can support the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting for Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania Telemedicine Legislation

Previously, HAP supported Senate Bill 857 to prevent insurers from prohibiting reimbursement for a service solely because it was provided via telemedicine.  

Telemedicine testimony, PA House Professional Licensure Committee Hearing

Federal Activity

HAP has supported efforts to expand the use of telemedicine for Medicare beneficiaries by addressing both coverage and payment limitations resulting from restrictive statutes and regulations. HAP has applauded Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for identifying particular opportunities to expand Medicare beneficiaries' access to telehealth services, but will continue to engage federal policymakers to make telehealth services more broadly available.

HAP Contacts

For more information, contact Heather Tyler, vice president, state legislative advocacy; or Kate Slatt, vice president, innovative payment and care delivery. Media inquiries should be directed to Liam Migdail, director, media relations.

HAP News

May 11, 2022

Assessing the Health of Rural Hospitals during COVID-19

The nation’s rural hospitals faced financial pressures and workforce shortages prior to COVID-19 and will need additional support to avoid closure in the years ahead, according to a new report on rural health care.

May 09, 2022

HAP Leadership Summit Day 1: A Focus on Behavioral Health

Pennsylvania’s hospitals are focused on behavioral health across care settings and are dedicated to achieving better health outcomes in their communities. 

This afternoon, HAP’s Leadership Summit kicked off with a focus on behavioral health. COVID-19 has amplified existing challenges in behavioral health care, especially the state’s shortage of post-acute placements and behavioral health treatment options.

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