Trump administration announces new actions to improve access to health care across America

President Trump issued on Monday executive orders that aim to improve health care in rural areas by expanding telehealth, modernizing regulations, and reforming payments.

President Trump issued on Monday executive orders that aim to improve health care in rural areas by expanding telehealth, modernizing regulations, and reforming payments. The executive orders call on HHS to propose a CMS rule to extend parts of Medicare's broader coverage of telehealth beyond the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and to propose a payment model to boost rural health care through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In addition, the orders call for the launch of a rural health action plan, including actions that various HHS components will take to build sustainable models for rural communities, focus on preventing disease and mortality, leverage innovation and technology, and increase access to care. Another executive order calls for HHS to reach a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Agriculture to promote rural access to telehealth via broadband. Noting that "telehealth use has skyrocketed during the pandemic," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, "The new gold standard for health care will be patients and providers deciding on the right blend of in-person and virtual care, when and where it makes sense for them."