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The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) – 2020 Medicare Learning Network Telehealth Services Booklet

MLN Booklet TELEHEALTH SERVICES ICN MLN901705 March 2020 Target Audience: Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers The Hyperlink Table, at the end of this document, provides the complete URL for each hyperlink. TABLE OF CONTENTS Originating Sites…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3 Distant Site Practitioners…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4 Telehealth Services …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4 Telehealth Services Billing and Payment……………………………………………………………………………… 7...

Telehealth Coverage Policies In The Time of COVID-19 as of 2020-03-17

ANNOUNCED TODAY:  The Secretary of Health and Human Services utilized his waiver power provided in the March 6 COVID-19 bill, HR 6074, to waive certain telehealth limitations in Medicare.  Today the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on what those policies will cover.  CCHP has updated...

Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19 Medicare as of March 17, 2020

ANNOUNCED TODAY:  The Secretary of Health and Human Services utilized his waiver power provided in the March 6 COVID-19 bill, HR 6074, to waive certain telehealth limitations in Medicare.  Today the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on what those policies will cover.  CCHP has updated...

Telehealth Coverage Policies In The Time of COVID-19 as of 2020-03-16

JUST RELEASED:  Telehealth policy changes made in the face of addressing COVID-19 have been rapidly developing and changing on an almost daily basis.  The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has developed a fact sheet summarizing the developments thus far as they relate to telehealth policy on the federal...

Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19 Medicare – as of 2020-03-16

JUST RELEASED:  Telehealth policy changes made in the face of addressing COVID-19 have been rapidly developing and changing on an almost daily basis.  The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has developed a fact sheet summarizing the developments thus far as they relate to telehealth policy on the federal...

As Coronavirus Concerns Grow, Skilled Nursing Facilities Find Relief in Telehealth — But Gaps Remain

With concerns around staffing and supply shortages in nursing homes amid the coronavirus, telemedicine has emerged as a key potential weapon, receiving the first-ever major green light for reimbursement on the national level — as part of an $8.3 billion bill allowing the federal government to cover remote care for Medicare...

Coronavirus Appropriations Act Eases Restrictions on Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement during Emergency

One of the major hurdles to the expansion of telehealth has been the Medicare “originating site” requirement. This requirement limits Medicare telehealth reimbursement to services delivered in a physician’s office or healthcare facility in a rural area, but not in a home or non-rural area. In a shift, the...

CMS Issues COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Hospices

The U.S. Centers for Health & Human Services (CMS) has issued guidelines for protecting health care workers who operate in the home and community from COVID-19, including hospice providers.  The CMS materials contain guidance for screening for and treatment of the virus in addition to when patients should be transitioned to...

Pence: Major health insurers have agreed to waive copays for coronavirus tests

Vice President Pence said Tuesday that a group of major health insurance companies have agreed not to charge patients copays when they get tested for coronavirus.  Pence made the comments at a meeting at the White House with the CEOs of major health insurance companies aimed at encouraging people...

CMS Issues Home Health COVID-19 Guidance, Eases Supplies Standards

After days of issuing updated guidance for skilled nursing operators and other Medicare providers regarding COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now turning its attention to home health agencies. CMS issued home health guidance related to infection control and prevention for COVID-19 — often referred...

Coronavirus Scare Likely to Boost Telehealth Adoption Among Home-Based Care Providers

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that will provide $8.3 billion in emergency funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Apart from funding, the bill made major changes to telehealth statutes, possibly allowing home-based care providers to both rely heavier on telehealth...

COVID-19 Update: Reimbursement issues – Who is picking up the tab for coronavirus testing?

Insurance coverageIn a statement on March 6, 2020, the Board of Directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced that insurers are voluntarily covering the diagnostic testing of COVID-19 (coronavirus) when ordered by a physician. AHIP said that health insurers are taking action to ease network referral and prior authorization requirements...
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