Amazon Care Expands Pilot & more Telehealth Buzz

Amazon Care Expands Pilot

  • Amazon Care’s telehealth pilot is now available to warehouse workers near the company’s Seattle headquarters.
  • The initial phase of the pilot was only available to Seattle-based office employees and their families.
  • The Care app connects employees with video consultations and in-home follow up care as needed.
  • The planned expansion of services comes at a critical time: several Amazon fulfillment workers have died from COVID-19.
  • Read the full story here.

Senators Urge the Inclusion of Audiologists in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) released a letter urging congressional leadership to include provisions of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act in future COVID-19 legislation.
  • The bill would eliminate the requirement that beneficiaries must obtain a physician order before they can access an audiologist.
  • The bill would also classify audiologists as practitioners, enabling them to get reimbursed for services provided through telehealth.
  • Senators Rand Paul and Kyrsten Sinema and Congressmen Mat Cartwright, Darren Soto, Gus Bilirakis, and Rodney Davis signed on to the letter.
  • Read the full story here.

TRICARE Relaxing Telehealth Rules

  • TRICARE is relaxing telehealth restrictions in response to a letter from Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Martha McSally (R-AZ).
  • The letter called on TRICARE officials to emulate other payors and expand telehealth during the pandemic.
  • TRICARE is eliminating co-pays for telehealth services and allowing coverage for audio-only telephone services.
  • These changes are only allowed during the current public health emergency.
  • Read the full story here.

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