After COVID-19 Lung Injury, Patients May Face Telehealth Gaps For Essential Rehab

Rinki Varindani Desai shares some of the challenges COVID-19 patients with lung injury have faced with Medicare after leaving the hospital.

When severe cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome, patients are often unable to breath without the aid of a ventilator.

After clearing the infection, patients can face a host of challenges: difficult speaking, sustained disorientation from intensive care unit delirium, and dysphagia.

In this segment of our interview, Dysphagia specialist Rinki Varindani Desai shares some of the challenges COVID-19 patients have faced with access to medicare coverage of telehealth after leaving the hospital.

Desai is co-chair of the Dysphagia Research COVID-19 Task Force.

For part one, see here.