The Push for Extended CMS Telehealth Waivers
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Many providers and patients have not only become accustomed to the rapidly devised telehealth exemptions, but they also believe it’s an optimum approach to delivering basic healthcare services until the coronavirus is no longer a major threat. This positive attitude about telehealth may also serve as a way to ensure those changes, which some advocates of telehealth were big fans of long before COVID-19 surfaced, become the norm.

Earlier in 2020, CMS took considerable steps to relax regulations relating to the use of telehealth services, stating it was the proper response to make sure patients would still receive services while cities across the country were on lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Just over two months later, access to remote care providers has exploded. The powerful American College of Physicists (ACP) lobbying group is one of the groups requesting the changes to remain in place on a long term basis.

In addition to easing regulations and compensation for telehealth services, ACP also wants the newly-granted autonomy to remain in effect in the direct supervision of doctors working at teaching hospitals, along with continuing fee increases for hospital divisions offering these services.

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