Telehealth During the COVID-19 Emergency: Guidance for Pennsylvania Physicians

Last Updated: May 20, 2021


The use of telehealth is rapidly expanding in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Starting March 1, 2020 and for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), Medicare will make payment for services furnished to beneficiaries in all areas of the country in all settings. Many other health insurers have also updated their telemedicine policies in response to the crisis.

Additionally, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will waive penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients in good faith through everyday communications technologies, such as FaceTime or Skype, during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has created a telehealth reference sheet to help physicians, practices, and health care organizations navigate telehealth and e-visits.

Get Telehealth Reference Sheet 

You’ll find information on:

  • Telehealth coding
  • Key takeaways for telehealth and e-visits
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Telehealth policies for Pennsylvania insurers
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Telemedicine vendors


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