The Business of Federal Technology reports on the June 11 launch date for a telehealth policy change referred to as “anywhere-to-anywhere,” which allows qualified practitioners to log in to Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth system and treat patients regardless of state licensing rules. Previously, a provider had to be licensed in the state where the patient resides. This lifts that requirement, vastly expanding the reach that a healthcare provider has to serve VA patients.
The proliferation of telehealth allows the VA to reduce the stress on its nationwide system, which has more than 30,000 clinical vacancies. Patients in rural settings often bear the brunt of vacancies, and telehealth helps veterans in underserved communities and rural areas receive care they might not receive otherwise.
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