ReportWire: Becerra: HHS Will Fight For More Telehealth After Public Health Emergency Ends

“The Department of Health and Human Services will seek to sustain and expand access to telemedicine after the federal government declares the COVID-19 public health emergency to be over, Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday.

Telehealth proved critical to Medicare beneficiaries during the first year of the pandemic, according to a report the HHS Office of Inspector General released Tuesday…”

“As they wait for further action from Biden and Congress, healthcare trade organizations and patient advocacy groups argue HHS can take steps on its own. That could include ensuring CMS aligns its alternative payment models to support telehealth. CMS also could permanently authorize technical changes to telehealth rules. For example, the agency has allowed clinicians to be paid for virtually supervising medical residents during the public health emergency, and that could be extended.” Read the full article here.

Source: Becerra: HHS Will Fight For More Telehealth After Public Health Emergency Ends – March 18, 2022. ReportWire.

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