CMS PROPOSES TO EXPAND TELEHEALTH COVERAGE

BE A PART OF THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

A proposed rule just announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would allow Medicare Advantage plans to offer “additional telehealth benefits” not otherwise available in Medicare to enrollees, whether they live in rural or urban areas, starting in plan year 2020 as part of the government-funded “basic benefits.” The proposal would also allow beneficiaries to receive telehealth from places like their homes, rather than requiring them to go to a health care facility. More detail about the proposed rule is available here. The CMS rule is the result of Congressional action initiated by the Senate Finance Committee as part of the CHRONIC Act — ultimately enacted as section 50323 of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-123) — that law also includes other increases in Medicare coverage of telehealth. 

I am proud to say that the provisions in the Act and thus the resulting rule were instrumentally a result of efforts by Gary Capistrant while he was the Chief Policy Officer and I was the CEO at the American Telemedicine Association. Gary has now joined with me as Senior Policy Adviser at the Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Robotics (PATH). PATH focuses on the full range of advanced technology and telecommunications applications for healthcare and we will be providing comments to CMS about the rule. Be a part of the future of healthcare by becoming a member of PATH.

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