Small physician practices using telemedicine can make quality care more accessible to patients in underserved communities, but numerous barriers are preventing the technology from realizing its potential, according to a July 31 congressional hearing.

“The cost of technology, broadband availability, licensing requirements, and reimbursement rules from private insurers as well as Medicare and Medicaid may limit or delay the adoption of telemedicine,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology.

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