An Interprofessional Online Immersion Experience in Response to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth became a critical player in assuring that Americans received high-quality immediate health care while continuing to maintain a social distance. Telehealth quickly became the new normal in health care delivery. Providers who were previously reluctant to use telehealth began incorporating telehealth visits into their practices, replacing the traditional model of in-person care. These changes were precipitated by the many telehealth waivers enacted on March 17, 2020, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These waivers removed many of the regulations CMS had previously placed on telehealth that restricted its use. The waivers were applied nationally and were made retroactive to March 1, 2020. Examples of the waivers included an expansion of allowable treatment locations reimbursed for telehealth, an expansion of telehealth modality reimbursement, a relaxation of interstate licensure guidelines, prescribing via telehealth, relaxation of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines, and

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