Use of Telehealth Could Save Billions

The Obama Administration is helping to fuel renewed interest in telehealth by actively touting it as a tool to expand access and lower costs. Bi-partisan legislators are also doing their part by addressing obstacles to widespread adoption, such as easing restrictions on funding for telehealth programs in rural areas. As of now, only about 20% of the nation's Medicare beneficiaries have access to telehealth; if passed, the Medicare Telehealth Enhancement Act introduced earlier this year promises to greatly expand telehealth programs.

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