CMS Proposes Permanently Covering Audio-Only Telehealth for Mental Health Services

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed 2022 Physician Fee Schedule, which includes payment rates for Medicare next year, as well as several other policy proposals that might impact physicians. Among them, CMS wants to make permanent Medicare coverage of audio-only mental health services via telehealth. Many patients until now…

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As Telehealth Waivers Expire, Now What?

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Telehealth waivers issued during the COVID-19 pandemic that loosened government regulations and reimbursement requirements have or will be coming to an end in many states. In Florida, Gov. Ron Desantis’ executive order declaring a public health emergency expired on June 26. Waivers allowed for the use of non-compliant platforms such a FaceTime. The Florida waiver…

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