A resolution to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration in Pennsylvania was presented to Governor Wolf for his signature yesterday. The termination was delayed after the Wolf administration took legal action to block the implementation of HR 836 despite a bipartisan adoption by the General Assembly. The State legislature has acted in a bipartisan manner to pass several pandemic related bills, including efforts to reopen the state, extend necessary resources to vulnerable populations and nursing homes, and hold the Wolf administration accountable for unilateral actions.
Geisinger has been awarded $978,935 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Geisinger will use the award to purchase telemedicine carts, tablet computers, and telemedicine peripherals such as hand-held cameras and stethoscopes. The number of daily telehealth visits has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Geisinger providers conducting twice as many visits daily as the monthly total pre-COVID. Geisinger offers telehealth visits for primary care appointments and 72 specialties. For more information on telehealth at Geisinger, visit geisinger.org/telemedicine.