Trump’s Medicare chief has a big decision to make over whether doctors should be paid for phone calls and video visits. Here are the 3 biggest concerns she’s weighing over the future of healthcare.
- Seema Verma, who oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs for the Trump administration, has a lot of decisions ahead on how often patients will be able to use phone and video visits to see the doctor.
- In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, she said it was “crystal clear” that telehealth must continue.
- Verma has the power to change certain regulations on doctor phone and video visits, and lawmakers will be closely watching what happens with Medicare.
- Now, she’s thinking through which types of medicine should be offering care virtually, and how much doctors should get paid to do it.
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The Trump administration’s Medicare chief is presiding over a major healthcare overhaul during the coronavirus pandemic, where millions more people are seeing doctors over phone and video.
The move to virtual care happened because of temporary changes pushed by Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, overseen by Seema Verma. The changes caused a huge jump in telemedicine use. Before the pandemic, about 13,000 people on Medicare saw a doctor over telehealth in a week. By the week ending April 25, …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]