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Medicare’s Telehealth Benefits

Last updated Mar 25 2020

Legislation signed by the President on March 6, 2020, expands Medicare’s telehealth benefit. Prior to this law, Medicare could pay for telehealth on a limited basis. A provision in the new law allows waiver of certain Medicare telehealth payment requirements during the coronavirus outbreak. This, and other recent actions by CMS, provides regulatory flexibility to ensure accessible benefits. This will also help contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

For a basic overview of Medicare telehealth, please refer to our on-demand course, Fundamentals of Telehealth.  You can find it in the WPS GHA Learning Center.

CMS continues to publish updates on this topic. Here are links to some resources you may find valuable.

Fact Sheet – Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

CMS Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)PDF Icon

Press Release – Telehealth Benefits in Medicare are a Lifeline for Patients During coronavirus Outbreak

Press Release - President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak

MLN Booklet - Telehealth ServicesPDF Icon

CMS guidance on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 is available on their Current Emergencies web page. This includes general information, updates, press releases, and clinical/technical guidance, billing and coding guidance, FAQs, and more. This central location allows CMS to provide the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidance. Information changes often!