Telehealth Access & Reimbursement
Telehealth is the fastest growing market in healthcare. SCHA believes that as the ability to use telemedicine to treat a variety of health issues expands, the reimbursement and utilization of technology should also expand.
Many hospitals in South Carolina rely on state funding and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance to access resources that make telehealth an option for the communities they serve. SCHA supports enhanced funding to expand the state’s telehealth network and reimbursement policies that recognize the growing role of telemedicine as an access point for primary care.
While the technology is becoming more accessible for patients in large urban areas, there are pockets across the state where the lack of broadband access creates a barrier to telehealth services. SCHA supports efforts to modernize the state’s broadband infrastructure as a pathway to improve healthcare access in underserved areas.