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CMS Expands List of Reimbursable Telehealth Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added 11 new telehealth services to the list of Medicare services reimbursable during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

The newly added services include cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services, as well as neurostimulator analysis and programming services. To date, CMS has added 146 telehealth services for which Medicare will reimburse during the COVID-19 PHE. CMS previously added services through interim final rules, but the agency added the new services through a new, expedited process that does not require rulemaking.

In addition, CMS published resources on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage of telehealth services. This includes a Medicaid and CHIP snapshot on telehealth utilization showing there were more than 34.5 million Medicaid and CHIP telehealth services provided from March to June of this year, a 2,600-percent increase compared with the same period last year. CMS also created a created a supplement to its previously released state Medicaid and CHIP telehealth toolkit, with new resources to assist state Medicaid agencies in adopting and implementing telehealth during and after the PHE. The supplement includes updated FAQs, an updated list of resources, and a telehealth assessment and action plan for states determining which telehealth policies to continue on a permanent basis after the pandemic.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Shahid Zaman is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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