Category: COVID-19 – Coronavirus

How Cash-Strapped Home Health Agencies Can Take Advantage of the CARES Act

On Friday, President Donald Trump’s signature finalized a record-breaking $2 trillion stimulus package, officially titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The act’s aim: to provide much needed financial relief to both individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. While the CARES Act does a number...

COVID-19: New Law Allows Free Telehealth without Blowing Tax Benefits of Health Savings Accounts

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) into law. The CARES Act contains several provisions affecting healthcare benefits and the expansion of telehealth services. Notably, the new law provides temporary relief for telehealth and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP),...

CMS adds 85 more Medicare services covered under telehealth

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...

How the CARES Act helps create telehealth clarity

Is a $0 visit fee telehealth service considered significant care? Regulators have not answered this question, although millions of Americans have access to telehealth and HDHP plans. Given everything going on, it’s time for some good news. The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has...

COVID-19: U.S., State Governments Expand Access to Telehealth Services; Reduce Other Barriers to Care

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. and many state governments have taken a number of steps to expand access to telehealth services and reduce other barriers to care. Among other things, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has eliminated a number of restrictions on...

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

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...

CARES Act Clarifies Telehealth Coverage for High Deductible Health Plans

Earlier this week the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) passed the Senate and today has passed the House.  President Trump has indicated that he will immediately sign the CARES Act.  The Act makes numerous employee benefit changes, one of which is specifically allowing telehealth coverage...

CARES Act Expands Telehealth Coverage for Medicare, FQHCs and the VA

The Coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last week expands Medicare coverage for telehealth, allows FQHCs and RHCs to qualify for coverage and boosts funding for broadband services. March 30, 2020 – The $2 trillion Coronavirus relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald...

The COVID-19 CARES Act & New CMS Guidelines

In the past few days, there have been significant actions impacting federal telehealth policy.  The $2 trillion relief package, HR 748, the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act or “CARES Act”, was signed into law and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updates regarding...

CMS Flexes Rules for Telemedicine During COVID-19 Emergency

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...
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