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CMS Expands List of Reimbursed Telehealth Services

October 16, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that providers will have 11 additional telehealth services that will be reimbursed by CMS during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

CMS has added more than 100 services to the Medicare telehealth list since the beginning of the PHE. The additional services being added brings the total to 144, which will now include:

  • Certain neurostimulator analysis and program services
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services

Medicare will begin paying eligible practitioners for these services immediately, and for the duration of the PHE. In an effort to increase telehealth service usage, CMS is releasing a new supplement to its State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit. The toolkit includes approaches that states can use to communicate with providers about utilizing telehealth for patient care.

Currently, a preliminary data snapshot of telehealth utilization during the PHE shows 34.5 million services have been delivered via telehealth to Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries between March and June (an increase of more than 2,600%). The data also shows that adults between the ages of 19 and 64 received the most services via telehealth.

While more patients are embracing digital alternatives to health treatments, many Pennsylvanians are still struggling to gain access to telehealth services. HAP is continuing to work with Pennsylvania hospitals and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to create greater access to telemedicine services.

For more information, Kate Slatt, HAP’s vice president, innovative payment and care delivery.