Like most attorneys in the spring of 2020, I am working from home and composing this article on my laptop. Most of what I do can be done from anywhere that has an internet connection. Many forms of medical evaluation and treatment also can be performed remotely via commonly available technology. In some cases, telemedicine was already permitted, if not commonly used, before the advent of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and in other situations a number of regulatory and reimbursement barriers have been modified to respond to the crisis.

First, we should define what we mean by “telemedicine.”

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March 30, 2020

The Honorable Donald Trump
President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Board of Trustees and our physician and medical student members, I am writing to commend your recent decision to extended physical distancing guidelines, but also to underscore our serious concerns about shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Physicians are on the front lines combatting this destructive and invisible enemy. They are working tirelessly to care for overwhelming numbers of critically ill patients, but they cannot do this alone. We need the help of everyone in the nation, including the federal government, to ensure we succeed.

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