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What managers need to know as telehealth flexibilities carry on

Telehealth rules that were loosened during the pandemic are likely to stay that way for awhile.
President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 into law last week. Included in the law is an extension to some telehealth flexibilities for an additional five months (151 days) after the end of the current public health emergency (PHE). Flexibilities that will be extended include:
  • Originating site and geographic location waivers—this allows patients to have a telehealth visit from their home (or another site) not just CMS designated originating sites
  • Extends temporary qualifying providers (e.g., physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, audiologists, and dieticians) the option to furnish distant site services
  • Mandates CMS to continue covering audio-only telehealth visits for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Delays the in-person visit requirement for mental telehealth visits for an additional 151 days
The public health emergency (PHE) declared for the pandemic is set to expire on April 16, but may once again be extended. Congress has already extended the telehealth flexibilities for 151 days, or about 5 months, after that.
Medical Office Manager is presenting a webinar: Telehealth—What Managers Need to Know, on April 6. 
Jen Bell, MSOLE, CPC, CPMA, CHC,  from Karen Zupko & Associates, will give you the tools and knowledge you need to comply with new telehealth regulations. Learn how they apply to your practice and how to plan for the future.

 


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