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November 2, 2020

Reinventing Pediatrics Through Video Care First

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  • 1The Permanente Medical Group, Oakland, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2021;175(3):232-234. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.4684

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has heightened the need for video medical visits, launching US pediatricians on a steep learning curve. In 2016, just 15% of US pediatricians were using telehealth modalities,1 but pressure to adopt them has been increasing owing to interest from parents and expansion in telehealth visits by stand-alone health care professionals linked to corporations and other entities.2 Financial barriers to telehealth were quickly reduced early in the pandemic as states issued new guidance and payers updated reimbursement policies.3

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