The American College of Physicians (ACP) set forth its stance on telemedicine for primary care physicians with a 12-point “pragmatic recommendation” paper which constitutes an official policy statement. Among these “position statements and recommendations” was support for the expansion of telemedicine’s role in healthcare delivery and support for continued funding and research, according to the analysis by the ACP published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. However, the ACP cautioned against using old models in new arenas. David A. Asch, MD, MBA, of the Center for Health Care Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania wrote in the statement, “[A]rguing for parity is a trap if it merely carries forward practice styles and reimbursement requirements from one context to the other. The innovation that telemedicine promises is not just doing the same thing remotely that used to be done face to face[,] but awakening us to the many things that we thought required face-to-face contact but actually do not.”
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