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Second Round of Regulatory Changes Further Expand Telehealth Services

Second Round of Regulatory Changes Further Expand Telehealth Services

On April 30th, CMS announced round two of sweeping regulatory changes including further expansion of Telehealth services.

Key Telehealth expansions include:

  • Expand providers approved to deliver telehealth services
    •  In addition to doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, now other practitioners are able to provide telehealth services, including
      physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists.
  • Increase payments for telephone visits to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits. This would increase payments for these services from a range of about $14-$41 to about $46-$110. The payments are retroactive to March 1, 2020.
    •  CMS previously announced that Medicare would pay for certain services conducted by audio-only telephone between beneficiaries and their doctors
      and other clinicians. This provision will increase the reimbursement.
  • Add new telehealth services on a sub-regulatory basis, considering requests by practitioners now learning to use telehealth as broadly as possible.
  • Waive the video requirement for certain telephone evaluation and management services, and adding them to the list of Medicare telehealth services. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to use an audio-only telephone to get these services.



This post was first published May 1, 2020 and was updated July 29, 2020.



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