ATA Testifies at Senate Hearing on Telehealth
On June 17, ATA President, Dr. Joe Kvedar, testified before the full Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP): Telehealth: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. During his testimony, he urged policymakers to “take specific actions before the end of the public health emergency to make access to telehealth services permanent.” Read the press release here.
The ATA has been working closely with the Administration from the outset of the pandemic, supporting efforts at HHS and CMS to waive restrictions on access to telehealth during the pandemic. We are urging Congress to remove geographic and originating site restrictions indefinitely, to empower patients and allow for provider discretion when choosing how to best treat patients. Dr. Kvedar’s full testimony is available here. A recording of the full hearing can be found here.