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Telehealth Use in Rural Areas

HRSA provides a best practice guide for rural telehealth that describes considerations for billing, internet access, and other issues.

Federal and state telehealth regulations have evolved since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some changes have been made permanent. The Center for Connected Health Policy provides up-to-date information on federal and state telehealth policy.

Despite increased flexibility for and availability of telehealth services, persistent challenges in rural America such as lack of access to broadband still pose barriers to accessing telehealth. See Barriers to Telehealth Access in Rural Areas for additional information about these challenges.

The following toolkits provide a general overview of telehealth use in different rural health contexts: