More Physicians, Patients Using Telehealth To Save Costs, Improve Care
Medical and community care experts briefing senators this week touted telehealth as a viable methodology to control health-care costs and improve patient outcomes.
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Medtech and funding provisions in a two-year budget deal that the US Senate and House approved early Friday morning and which were signed by the President would extend Medicate telehealth programs, remove a rental cap for speech-generating devices and strengthen competitive bidding rules to assure access to diabetic test strips, among others.