Beginning Oct. 1, several insurers will no longer cover virtual visits in full under certain circumstances—a rollback of benefits that’s sparked concern among providers and patients who’ve relied on telehealth amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
According to STAT News, many commercial insurers and government payers pivoted quickly to expand telehealth coverage when the epidemic first struck, with many for the first time offering to pay or reimburse for virtual visits at the same rate they did in-person visits. As a result, telemedicine use surged, especially among populations vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, including older adults and patients with ongoing medical conditions.
However, as the epidemic continues, some of these telehealth benefits are set to expire—even as Congress, according to FierceHealthcare, looks to keep at least some of benefits in place once Covid-19 is over.
Some insurers to start rolling back telehealth extensions
For instance, according to STAT