The Future of the Healthcare System in Colorado Amidst the Pandemic

Riley Blue
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The pandemic has changed a lot the lives of people and especially the healthcare system.

In Colorado, a panel was formed to discuss the future of healthcare in the state amidst the coronavirus pandemic. It was a concern how the pandemic changed the way healthcare is delivered and changed the healthcare industry. Thus telehealth medicine is the future of the healthcare system.

Telehealth - video visits, emails, and live chats are the new doctor visits, despite the reopening of in-person visits. Telehealth or virtual visits improved access to care and reduced the no-shows of patients, and it provides extra flexibility when seeing a doctor.

It provides medical care while maintaining social distance and likewise gives confidence to patients and medical providers. Telehealth may not be as intimate as in-person visits, but health providers work hard to make the service as personal as possible.

Establishing a physician-patient or psychologist-patient relationship is crucial, wherein the pandemic highlights the future of patients' trust, and the connection between them is so important regardless of the distance.

Laws and Cross-State Licensing

The Colorado licensure requirements obliged telehealth providers to have an active professional license in good standing before treating patients. The condition is applied to nurses, nursing practitioners, licensed mental health professionals, physicians, and physician's assistants. A license is essential because medical services are a highly regulated activity.

Telehealth visits provide services in most specialty services. Telehealth services are considered rendered in the same state where the patient is located; the medical service provider is also licensed in that particular state.

But during the pandemic or times of public health emergency, there was a temporary exception to this policy. However, close tracking is comprehensively implemented by the State Medical Board covering the licensing related to telehealth.

Meanwhile, drug dispensing should be acted upon by the pharmacist only with a valid doctor's order and in the presence of a pre-existing patient-practitioner relationship.

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