August 10, 2020
CMS Proposed Changes to Telehealth Services
August 10, 2020
by Sean Weiss, Partner & VP of Compliance Telehealth has played a critical role during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS proposed changes expanding telehealth services permanently. The proposed rule implements an effort to reduce the burden under the Patients Over Paperwork initiative and ensures appropriate reimbursement for time spent with patients. In 2021, changes to increase payment for office/outpatient E/M visits take affect. These higher payments take into account changes in the practice of medicine and the additional resources required to take care of patients of which, two-thirds (2/3) have multiple chronic conditions and, as of 2018, 68.9% of beneficiaries have 2 or more chronic conditions. Between 2014 and 2018, the percentage of beneficiaries with 6 or more chronic conditions grew from 14.3% to 17.7%.
As part of the Patients over Paperwork initiative, CMS is proposing permanent changes following the PHE:
- NPs, CNSs, PAs, and CNMs can supervise diagnostic tests consistent with state law and licensure
- Pharmacists can provide services as part of the professional services of a practitioner
- PTAs and OTAs can provide maintenance therapy in outpatient settings
- PT and OT, speech-language pathologists, and other clinicians who directly bill Medicare are to review and verify, rather than re-document information
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