Cementing the Gains Telehealth Made During COVID – Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association
Whenever we ask Raise the Line guests about the biggest changes in healthcare during COVID, the use of telehealth is always at the top of the list. Aside from the need to keep patients and providers safe, a combination of regulatory relief, reimbursement changes and new technologies are giving telehealth a bigger role in U.S. healthcare than ever before. But this golden moment might not last. “Americans need to know that any day, the ability to use telemedicine might be taken from them if Congress doesn't act,” says Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. A lot is at stake. As Mond Johnson explains to host Dr. Rishi Desai, increased use of telemedicine is filling critical gaps in access, particularly for mental health services, and can help address the health disparities the pandemic laid bare. Stay tuned to find out about common telemedicine myths, to get peek at the future of the technology and to hear about plans for the first ever Telehealth Awareness Week, coming up September 19 to 25.