Virtual doctor appointment On concern the GAO has about telehealth is that the quality of services has not been fully analyzed. (Photo: fizkes/

The jury is still out on the expansion of telehealth coverage for Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to testimony before the U.S. Senate this week from the General Accounting Office.

Although telehealth services were important early in the pandemic, GAO officials said there have not been enough studies to show that they are as effective as in-person visits. They also noted potentially higher costs and an increased risk of fraud, waste and abuse.

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