Physician’s Group To Decide Telemedicine Policy As Insurers Expand Telehealth Coverage.



Forbes  (5/31) contributor Bruce Japsen wrote that the American Medical Association is set to debate and vote on telemedicine recommendations by the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs “as the nation’s largest health insurers widen coverage of telehealth to unprecedented numbers of their health plan subscribers.”


In its report, the Council said that “evolving applications in health care are altering the contours of when, where, and how patients and patients and physicians engage with one another,” and that “patients need to be able to trust that physicians will place patient welfare above other interests.”

The policy, which includes recommendations to “inform patients about limitations of services provided, advise telehealth users how to arrange for any needed follow-up care, and be proficient in telehealth technologies,” will likely “become a part of the organization’s lobbying agenda in Washington and state capitals across the country.”