This recent Wall Street Journal article may have hit the nail on the head. During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, insurance companies and state & federal regulators really reduced the requirements surrounding telehealth. This allowed patients who were sick or in need of prevention-related care from their primary care doctors or specialists to reach the doctor without going in for a visit. Care was able to continue for many things that did not have an essential in-person component and patients were happy to continue to receive what they needed in a trying time.
Lauren Hedde, DO; James Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Co- Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.