Fierce Healthcare: Verma: CMS will mull which COVID-19 flexibilities may stick around post-pandemic

“The Trump administration has rolled out a slew of policies aimed at offering greater flexibility to payers and providers amid COVID-19. But what changes are likely to stick around long-term? ”

“Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said the agency will comb back through its policymaking under the pandemic and consider which, if any, of the changes will stick around once the country emerges from that situation.”

“The administration has heard plenty of positive feedback from payers and providers around the adjustments, particularly around easing access to telehealth, Verma said Monday during a fireside chat at Fierce Healthcare’s Virtual Series on Medicare Advantage.”

“’I think the reviews have been that the plans have really appreciated the flexibility, especially around telehealth and being able to have those midyear benefit changes,’ Verma said.”

“While she didn’t offer a definitive list of where the administration intends to land on some of the flexibilities offered under COVID-19, she said that updates to ease reporting requirements for the Medicare Advantage star ratings are unlikely to stay in place long-term…” Read the full article here.

Source: Verma: CMS will mull which COVID-19 flexibilities may stick around post-pandemic – By Paige Minemyer, September 21, 2020. Fierce Healthcare.

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