Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Expands & more Telehealth Buzz

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Expands Telehealth During COVID-19

  • Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) has sped up plans for expanded telehealth services in response to the pandemic.
  • Planned Parenthood’s existing m-health platform, PP Direct, has experienced a 60% increase in use since the COVID-19 outbreak in March.
  • The new system allows practitioners to communicate with patients via secure video regarding several sexual and reproductive health issues, from emergency contraception to hormone therapy.
  • In addition to video, patients can reach Planned Parenthood medical professionals through online platforms and audio-only means.
  • Read the full story here.

Relaxed Telehealth Guidelines in CARES Act not Available to All Practitioners

  • The relaxed Medicare guidelines in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allow many medical professionals to expand their telehealth services, but not all.
  • Physical and occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists are not among the practitioners able to provide their services via telehealth, though the CARES Act does include PT, OT, and SLP codes for reimbursement.
  • Though the codes exist, therapists providing those services are not classified as eligible distant site providers.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has the authority to waive the restriction but has not done so.
  • The American Physical Therapy Association is discussing the potential for a waiver with federal authorities.
  • Read the full story here.

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