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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on House Passage of Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022

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    John Buarotti, Sr. Public Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement regarding House passage of the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022:

    “The AAMC applauds the House for passing the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022, which will extend coverage of telehealth services under Medicare until at least December 31, 2024. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, patients nationwide have benefited from increased access to telehealth services and this bill will ensure that this crucial point of access continues.

    The legislation serves as an important milestone for expanding telehealth services to more people in rural, urban, and other underserved communities by extending the suspension of geographic restrictions on patients. It also ensures access to critical services for patients by allowing Medicare to continue paying for audio-only services, including for behavioral health therapy.

    Preserving these important gains will help the 20 million Americans living in rural areas and countless more who would benefit from extended, expanded access to telehealth care.

    We commend the House for its bipartisan commitment to telehealth access, and we urge the Senate to act swiftly to pass this impactful legislation to help improve access to care for all people.”

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.