American Rheumatology Network Telehealth Payer Update: COVID-19

As of 12:30pm ET on March 17, 2020 CMS has sent out an official notification stating that effective for services starting March 6, 2020 (retroactive), the limitations on where Medicare patients are eligible for telehealth services has been removed during the emergency. The waiver temporarily eliminates the requirement that the originating site must be a physician’s office or other authorized healthcare facility and allows Medicare to pay for telehealth services when beneficiaries are in their homes or any setting of care.

CMS will temporarily pay clinicians for certain telehealth services. Each type of service is defined by conditions and reimbursement levels are outlined in the chart below.

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