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Ms. Verma also said payment reform needs to be part of the conversation towards making digital health more universally available.
” When companies are more in control, then theyre able to take advantage of much better technology,” she stated. “Part of the push to digital health is pressing more value-based care. Thats something weve seen has bipartisan assistance. So were going to continue to press it.”
She stated the country is at a turning point for healthcare shipment as more service providers, patients and payers turned to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth broadened access to psychological health services, and while other services have started to return to in-person care, many still prefer telehealth for psychological health services.
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CMS Administrator Seema Verma promoted the gains in virtual care and digital health her agency has made throughout the pandemic and said she plans to increase the number of services offered by means of telehealth during an interview with Company Insider.
” We need to continue to increase the variety of services available through telehealth, and I believe youll see in next years rulemaking that well be pondering how these services ought to be repaid,” she stated.