Hospices Seek Expanded Telehealth Post-Pandemic as Regulatory Uncertainties Linger

Posted Saturday, March 5, 2022 

Telehealth is increasingly becoming more important in end-of-life care, and this need has grown during the pandemic. Now that pandemic restrictions are easing, hospices wonder if this valuable tool will no longer available to them.

“Telehealth is a game changer in terms of access and being able to allow immediate care for folks with significant and advanced care symptoms,” Alan Goldstein M.D., professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told Hospice News. “It’s particularly great for those in more rural areas where it otherwise would take hours for clinicians to reach them. It allows staff to take care of more patients, which is important when there’s a tremendous shortage of specialty-trained clinicians in both hospice and palliative care.”

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