Telehealth is the use of telecommunications technologies to provide healthcare services to patients remotely. Telehealth has often been used to provide healthcare access to patients who were home-bound or lived in a Healthcare Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). Now, telehealth services are being offered to those who are unable to see their providers in-office for a variety of reasons, including the need to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders, both the government and private insurance payers are changing their requirements for telehealth services. This includes the temporary relaxation of some rules to give more people access to virtual care. For example, some practices were unable to provide telehealth services due to requirements for technology. With those requirements relaxed, those practices are now able to offer telemedicine to patients. It’s important to keep in mind that telehealth is currently a moving target. Rules from the federal government, as well as payers, are changing on a daily basis. And because the changing guidelines are opening up these services to more people, it’s a new process for many practices. That’s why Applied Medical Systems is here to help in any way we can as you implement telehealth in your own practice or organization.