UPDATE: Governor extends telehealth executive order

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert shares updates during a COVID-19 pandemic press conference Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

TUESDAY 9/29/2020 6:30 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Governor Gary Herbert announced Tuesday after the recommendation of the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission he is extending the
Executive Order regarding the suspension of enforcement of statutes related to telehealth
services.

According to the order, it was temporarily extended through September 29, 2020. Tuesday the commission unanimously recommended the order be extended.

ORIGINAL STORY: Governor extends telehealth executive order

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Governor Gary Herbert announced that he is extending the Executive Order pertaining to the suspension of enforcement of statutes relating to telehealth services amid COVID-19.

The order states that the use of telehealth services is critical to ensure that the healthcare system is not overwhelmed and is useful in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. State and local authorities have continually encouraged patients needing access to healthcare to use telehealth services when possible rather than go to a healthcare facility or doctor’s office.

The order says that healthcare providers have expressed that increased access to telehealth services has been well-received and successful and that many healthcare providers have requested the continued suspension of enforcement of telehealth-related statutes that create overly-burdensome barriers to provide telehealth services.

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