Telehealth is access.
As the voice of telehealth, the ATA actively works with Congress, the administration and other governmental bodies to improve public support for, and eliminate barriers to, the use of technology-enabled health and care management and delivery systems that extend capacity and access.
ATA supports public policies—at both state and federal levels—for patients, providers, and payers to realize the benefits of telehealth.
Guiding principles for federal policy priorities:
- Eliminate artificial government barriers to telehealth, including geographic discrimination and restrictions on the use of telehealth in managed care.
- Prevent new barriers to telehealth, such as clinical practice rules that impose higher standards for telehealth-provided services than in-person care.
- Encourage the use of telehealth to reduce health delivery problems, such as provider shortages.
- Promote payment and service delivery models to increase consumer and payer value using telehealth.
- Enhance consumer choice, outcomes, convenience, and satisfaction.