CMS will reimburse for 11 new telehealth services during the public health emergency

Senior woman attending a telehealth appointment.

Providers have 11 additional telehealth services that will be reimbursed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMS announced yesterday the addition of 11 new services to the Medicare telehealth services list.

Medicare will begin paying eligible practitioners for these services  immediately, and for the duration of the PHE. These new telehealth services include certain neurostimulator analysis and programming services and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. 

CMS is also providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth through the release  of a new supplement to its State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth, COVID-19 Version. 

The updated supplemental information clarifies to states, providers and other stakeholders which telehealth policies are temporary or permanent. It also helps states identify services that can be accessed through telehealth, which providers may deliver those services and the circumstances under which telehealth can be reimbursed once the PHE expires.

WHY THIS MATTERS

The use of telehealth has grown during the pandemic as CMS has allowed greater flexibility for its use.

Reimbursement at parity