Amy Lerman Quoted in “The Year Ends with a Bigger Government Push for Telehealth”

Digital Commerce 360

Amy Lerman, Member of the Firm in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Digital Commerce 360, in “The Year Ends with a Bigger Government Push for Telehealth,” by Mark Brohan.

Following is an excerpt:

Government efforts at many levels to expand telehealth accelerated in 2018, says new research from Epstein Becker Green, a law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences

It took the issues of rising healthcare costs and crisis management for the opioid epidemic to push the federal and state governments to get behind the increased use of telehealth.

But government efforts at many levels to expand telehealth accelerated in 2018, says new research from Epstein Becker Green, a law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences, finds that 49 states and the District of Columbia provide reimbursement for live video telehealth services through Medicaid fee-for-service programs.  Massachusetts is the only state not yet participating, says Epstein Becker Green.

Current events and issues, such as the opioid crisis, have put more pressure on federal and state lawmakers to pass laws that promote access guidance for, providers seeking to utilize telehealth services.

The law firm also found that found that current events and issues, such as the opioid crisis, have put more pressure on federal and state lawmakers to pass laws that promote access guidance for, providers seeking to utilize telehealth services.

“Telehealth is a proactive solution for patients who need quality care from healthcare providers who may not be located close by or require real-time or after-hours care,” says Amy Lerman, an attorney and chief telehealth researcher for Epstein Becker Green. “As access to this method of care expands, it also opens the door for various subsets of medicine, including behavioral and telemental health.