With telehealth in limbo, Ohio patients worry about access to some controlled medications

BY: - May 16, 2023

The COVID-19 public health emergency ending has left Ohioans who are prescribed controlled substances in limbo. Telehealth cut down Alicia Hopkins’ commute to and from her psychiatrist from seven hours to just a few turns to her computer. “I’m a wheelchair user, so I rely on paratransit,” Hopkins said. “But if I would have to […]

Insurance focused on virtual visits? The pros and cons of a new twist in health plans

BY: - October 19, 2021

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them. Priority Health in Michigan, for example, offers […]

Covid was a tipping point for telehealth. If some have their way, virtual visits are here to stay.

BY: - June 8, 2021

By Noam N. Levey, Kaiser Health News As the covid crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth that has transformed how millions of Americans see the doctor. The broad effort reaches across […]

House passes telemedicine abortion ban, expands telehealth elsewhere

BY: - December 18, 2020

The Ohio House passed a bill early Friday morning prohibiting medication abortions via telehealth. Minutes later, they moved to expand telehealth services in other ways. With a vote of 54-30 along party lines, Senate Bill 260 passed, prohibiting the use of telemedicine in a medication abortion in the state. The bill prohibits physicians from conducting […]

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Doctors: Telehealth medicine becoming the norm, needs to be law

BY: - November 23, 2020

The dramatic increase in the demand and use of telemedicine will continue through the pandemic, but should also be maintained as an option afterward, according to medical professionals. Physicians and medical groups support an Ohio bill which would expand regulation of telemedicine and even the prices health benefit plans charge for telehealth visits and in-person […]