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Grasping the new normal -- policy enables telehealth usage to continue to expand

Navigating COVID-19 as a nation continues to be a daily struggle, but over the last few weeks, we have embraced several positive changes in regards to telehealth and access. With President Trump’s leadership and support of appropriate funding, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded access to services in regards to Medicare specifically.

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The Role of Telehealth in the New $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Act Signed by President Trump

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed on Friday by President Trump. This will provide $8.3 billion to combat the Coronavirus(COVID-19), a staggering $5.8 billion more than the President had originally requested. Funding is slated to supplement the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Public Health and Social Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the Small Business Administration, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. In addition, it will aid with vaccine development, medical supplies, and public health organizations and agencies.

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Why the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill is Needed During the Coronavirus Epidemic

On the morning post Super Tuesday, it’s likely the entire country is buzzing about the future. But, with the potential looming pandemic we have hovering over us, we must be especially mindful of how political decisions impact our citizens health and safety. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) calls for an emergency supplemental appropriations bill that will combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). The bill, if passed by Congress, will provide adequate funding for response to COVID-19. They outlined five key areas where the funding would be allocated:

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Medication Therapy Management services via Telepharmacy

How many of us reminisce about going to the pharmacy counter where the pharmacist would whip up something for your ailment while you grabbed a grilled cheese sandwich and a milk shake ? Those memories of interacting with a pharmacist that cares enough about you to ask about your mother are unfortunately a thing of the past.

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Telemedicine Solutions for Speech Therapists

Speech therapists often struggle to balance their time appropriately. While most speech therapists understand the importance of spending quality time with their patients, this becomes more difficult with multiple patients scheduled throughout the day. This is especially true for speech therapists that see a lot of school and college aged students.

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