All US states are now authorized to use their own coronavirus tests, the Trump administration announced Tuesday.
Medicare patients will also now be able to use tele-medicine services through FaceTime and Skype at no additional charge in an effort to keep elderly Americans at home and safe from exposure to COVID-19, which has killed 94 people in the US.
It comes after widespread outcry over a shortage of tests for the new disease that’s spread like wildfire to 5,244 Americans, including deadly outbreaks among elderly people and nursing home patients.
US state health officials are now also working to get remote testing facilities up and running, which would help to limit the influx of people potentially infected with coronavirus into broader health care facilities, where the virus can spread quickly.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that all US states are now allowed to make, approve and use their own coronavirus tests instead of waiting for FDA authorization
The Trump administration waived certain medical privacy laws in order to facilitate better access to remote health care for at-risk Americans, and gave states the authority to do the same.
Already, New York was granted similar permissions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an effort to expand testing and contain the spread of the virus.
On the heels of that expansion, some 10,000 people in New York have now been tested, Governor Cuomo said in a Tuesday press conference.
States, too, are now allowed to expand telehealth coverage for their patients if they so choose.
Both the expansion to telehealth access and test authorization are unprecedented actions in the US.
‘It’s something that’s never been done before,’ said President Trump.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Natalie Rahhal