ATA Announces Support for Department of Veterans Affairs Expansion of Telehealth

Ahead of the weekend, The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) weighed in on a big developing story in Washington.

Having long recognized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a federal and national leader in telehealth, the ATA says it “strongly supports” the VA for eliminating state-by-state licensure requirements for health professionals employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As the largest telehealth program in the U.S., the VA has long been a steward of innovative health delivery and financing models involving telehealth which support accessible, available, and affordable healthcare services to veterans.

ATA is strongly backing the VA’s vision of expanding veterans’ access to telehealth services, facilitating high-quality encounters between veterans and providers, and ensuring that veterans are equipped with the best tools to monitor their health.

“We applaud Dr. Shulkin for demonstrating the value of telehealth today at the White House.” said Gary Capistrant, Chief Policy Officer at the ATA. “We encourage President Trump to issue an Executive Order to eliminate the state-by-state licensure model for all federal and private-sector health professional employees servicing federal government programs—notably agencies (such as the VA and the Department of Health and Human Services), health benefit programs (such as Medicare and TRICARE), federally-funded health sites (such as community health centers and rural clinics), and during federally-declared emergencies or disasters.”

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