Telemedicine gets a boost from coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration expanded access to telemedicine in Medicare, a move that could relieve crowding at hospitals but strain companies facing a surge in demand from the coronavirus pandemic.

Medicare patients will now have greater ability to seek treatment from their providers through remote means, such as videoconferencing on Skype or Apple Inc.’s FaceTime. The changes apply to the 44 million people who are on Medicare, a federal program for seniors and the disabled.

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