The issues most likely to be addressed include telehealth, mental health and provider payment, experts predicted. During the web event, both Jennings and Young agreed that Congress is likely to consider laws to address the nation’s mental health crisis and to extend provisions for telehealth services. “That could absolutely be a bipartisan conversation.” Bipartisan agreement is likely for more use of telehealth and the use of more technology in healthcare, Jennings added. Both the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Senate Committee on Finance will address these issues, he added. The bill would allow federally qualified health centersand rural health clinics to serve as telehealth locations for healthcare providers, and for Medicare payment to critical access hospitals that provide outpatient telehealth behavioral therapy services.
Source: New York Times February 02, 2023 21:26 UTC