Medicaid Medical Directors Network: Perspectives on Telehealth Modernization
This paper outlines key telehealth policy recommendations that states can use when thinking about their telehealth practices moving forward.
The Medicaid Medical Directors Network (MMDN) focuses on the development and use of evidence-based medicine, measurement and improvement of health care quality, and the redesign of health care delivery systems. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicaid Medical Directors (MMDs) have played a key role in informing their respective agencies on clinical matters related to telehealth, especially around equity, quality, and payment. MMDs are experienced physicians and clinical leaders, trained in diverse specialties, who advise their individual state agencies on medical care policies with special attention to issues of utilization and access for their Medicaid, CHIP and other specified populations in their states. The MMDN conducted an environmental scan to understand and synthesize the views of participating MMDs. Collectively, the network proposes telehealth policy recommendations as follows. These recommendations represent the findings of the environmental scan, and do not reflect the policy positions of any individual member, AcademyHealth or any supporting organizations.