How Telemedicine Requirements and Policies Will Change Post-Pandemic

The public health emergency led to a loosening of telemedicine requirements and an uptick in virtual care use, but are these changes here to stay?

Telehealth was instrumental in providing care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as people avoided in-person interactions. While many people are now comfortable returning to in-person appointments, Americans are more open to using telehealth services than they were prior to the pandemic, and telehealth use is expected to remain above pre-pandemic levels.

Some telehealth restrictions were lifted at the beginning of the pandemic out of necessity, a major factor in the rapid expansion of virtual care services. However, many providers are wondering if those changes are here to stay or if a tightening of telemedicine requirements will lead to a “telehealth cliff.”

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