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House passes bill extending telehealth waivers through 2024

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The House passed a bill on Wednesday that extends telehealth flexibilities under Medicare that were initially authorized during the public health emergency of COVID-19.

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4040, Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022. It now moves to the Senate for approval.

The American Medical Association applauded the House passage, which keeps telehealth flexibilities through 2024.

The bill would allow federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics to serve as the distant site, that is, the location of the healthcare practitioner; it would allow beneficiaries to receive telehealth services at any site, regardless of type or location; it would allow any type of practitioner to furnish telehealth services, subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and it would continue coverage for audio-only evaluation and management and behavioral health services.

WHY THIS MATTERS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allowed these flexibilities during the public health emergency to allow patients to receive care virtually when they were unable to get care in-person.During the PHE, providers invested in telehealth, but the end of the public health emergency would revert innovative business models to the limited use and reimbursement of telehealth services that existed pre-pandemic.AMA […]

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