“Several Senators are launching an all-out effort to make telehealth and telemedicine services a pivotal strategy in tackling the nation’s opioid abuse crisis.
While at least three pieces of legislation are already making their way through Congress, Senator Mark Warner is leading the charge with four more bills introduced this week. The Virginia Democrat, whose state is home to one of the top telehealth hubs in the country, sees connected care as an important tool to improve healthcare access for underserved populations.
“One of the main drivers of the opioid crisis is that too many people lack access to quality substance use disorder treatment,” Warner said in a May 22 press release. “Expanding access to telehealth services could not only save lives but equip rural and underserved communities with better tools to fight this epidemic.”
Source: MHealthIntelligence.com – May 23, 2018