Telehealth payment parity in Medicare welcome, but some vendors say it should have come sooner

The Trump administration Tuesday expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth benefits as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S., but virtual care companies say the move should have come earlier in the outbreak.

Vendors like Teladoc, AmWell and Doctor on Demand have been lobbying for years to get their services covered under traditional fee-for-service Medicare. The government gave them their wish, though the policy change is only in effect for the length of the COVID-19 national emergency declaration.



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