Category: Medicare

More Telehealth, Less Red Tape: What Agencies Should Know About CMS’s Home Health Changes

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took “unprecedented” action to reduce red tape for home health care agencies and other Medicare providers on Monday. Although the changes are, in theory, temporary, many home health stakeholders welcomed the newfound flexibility aimed at the COVID-19 pandemic. Some, however,...

CMS adds 85 more Medicare services covered under telehealth

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CMS on March 30 issued various regulatory changes to further support hospitals’, physicians’ and other healthcare organizations’ capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth visits.  On March 17, the Trump administration announced CMS will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries during the pandemic. CMS is now expanding Medicare...

CMS Affirms Payment Parity for Telehealth, Adds More Covered Services

In its latest moves to expand telehealth adoption during the Coronavirus pandemic, CMS has added 85 telehealth services to the list of services covered by Medicare and emphasized that payment will be at the same rate as in-service care.  By Eric Wicklund April 01, 2020 – CMS is adding more than 80...

Additional Background:Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

Mar 30, 2020  At President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking historic and unprecedented steps to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CMS is issuing a sweeping array of new rules and waivers...

New CMS Waivers Eliminate ‘All Barriers’ to Telehealth in Skilled Nursing Facilities

By Alex Spanko | March 31, 2020 As part of a sweeping set of waivers announced late Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded its efforts to cut restrictions on telehealth — essentially removing any last roadblock that providers would face to offering virtual interventions at nursing homes. By allowing...

Hospitals can bill for treatment outside their four walls in new regulatory flexibility

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is temporarily removing regulatory requirements to give hospitals a greater ability to treat an influx of patients with COVID-19 while they also treat those needing other care. The changes apply immediately for the duration of the emergency declaration. HOSPITALS WITHOUT WALLS Under...

CMS Further Expands Telehealth Services for Medicare Recipients

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will temporarily expand telehealth options, including for new patients and audio-only appointments. In a direct response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on Monday revealed more temporary expansions of telehealth services for Medicare recipients. “Today, we’re announcing that...

Expansion of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Emergency (Update)

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Medicare Telehealth Services On March 6, Congress passed the Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074), which included a $500 million authorization to enhance telehealth services. The legislation gives the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary the authority to waive or modify certain telehealth Medicare requirements when the president...

CMS Flexes Rules for Telemedicine During COVID-19 Emergency

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Physician offices across the country are rescheduling routine care clinic visits in an effort to protect patients, healthcare providers and workforce. The government is working to remove obstacles that would interfere with transitioning these clinic visits to telehealth services. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Medicare announced that it will...

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...
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