NACDD Submits Comments on Expanding Telehealth Benefits

NACDD has submitted a response to a comment period proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently. The proposed rule would extend the availability of certain telemedicine services after the PHE ends, giving Medicare beneficiaries more convenient ways to access healthcare, particularly in rural areas where access to healthcare providers may otherwise be limited.This is an important area for cardiovascular health (CVH) and diabetes management and prevention, and it has implications across the management of chronic disease, health equity, and access to care. 
NACDD’s CVH, Diabetes, and Health Equity Councils worked together to submit a response.NACDD showed its support for the proposed rule, increasing use of telemedicine and telehealth during the PHE and the many changes to expand telehealth permanently. These changes will support access and convenience of care for Medicare beneficiaries and also impact how care is delivered through the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. The draft comments also call on CMS to ensure that the implementation of expanded telehealth services will help to narrow the gaps on health disparities while, at the same time, will not perpetuate other existing systemic health inequities that make it difficult for some populations—especially low income, low literacy, and Black, indigenous, Spanish-speaking and other communities of color populations—to access and use the technology.

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