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Improving health care to overcome coronavirus

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Improving health care to overcome coronavirus

07.15.20 10:48 AM

In the months since coronavirus became widespread in the United States, many American families have come to appreciate the importance of quality health care in a way they hadn’t before. Facing exposure to a disease that we’re still learning about, people understand the importance of having ready access to testing and treatment*when*they need it. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed a tragic reality: America’s health care system actually stands in the way of doctors, nurses, and medical researchers helping people. America should take a different approach — one that empowers health care professionals to save more lives and removes barriers that stand between patients and needed care. So,*in the weeks ahead,*as*Congress again debates legislation to help Americans*deal with the pandemic,*reforms*that*improve health care without imposing*huge new costs on taxpayers*should play a prominent role. They include: Continuing*expansion of telehealth. Telehealth allows people to be treated by their doctor remotely, without having to leave their home. The federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed making*permanent a rule that allows home health agencies to continue using remote patient monitoring, phone calls, two-way audio-video, and similar technologies to connect Medicare patients and clinicians. Congress should support this effort. Passing*the Healthcare Workforce […]

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