The Evolving Landscape of National Telehealth Policies during a Public Health Emergency: Responsiveness to Rural Needs

The coronavirus pandemic precipitated significant but temporary changes in telehealth policy and the use of telehealth services to ensure access to needed health services during a public health emergency (PHE). Extending the temporary policy changes will require statutory and regulatory action. This paper takes stock of current telehealth policies and assesses options for expanding the use of telehealth to support an improved rural health care system and access to care.

Principal authorship by Keith J. Mueller, PhD and Hannah Rochford, MPH; prepared by the RUPRI Health Panel; published October 9, 2020.