Telehealth visits spiked during the pandemic as Americans sought care remotely. But a new report indicates some providers engaged in potential fraud or wasteful billing, costing Medicare $128M in the first year of the COVID pandemic.
As a result, regulators are urging the Biden administration to tighten oversight in order to ensure millions of Americans can access remote care while safeguarding taxpayer dollars.
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It’s Monday, and this is Coronavirus Watch from the USA TODAY Network. Here’s more news to know:
See our COVID-19 resource guide here. See total reported cases and deaths here. On vaccinations: About 79% of people in the U.S. have received at least one vaccine shot, and about 67% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
– Cady Stanton, USA TODAY breaking news reporter, @cady_stanton