The CONNECT Act is Back, Giving Telehealth Policy a 4th Shot at Passage

The CONNECT for Health Act is back before Congress for a 4th time, and backers say the massive telehealth bill could cross the finish line this time on broad bipartisan support and pressure to set long-term connected health policy.

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Senators Again Seek Telehealth Waivers for Home Healthcare Providers

A group of Senators has re-introduced a bill that would allow home healthcare providers to use telehealth in place of some in-person visits during a public health emergency.

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Lawmakers Again Seek Medicare Coverage of Telehealth in Diabetes Prevention Services

A bill introduced last week seeks to include telehealth in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, giving providers access to virtual care tools to promote health and wellness to at-risk patients.

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AMA Lobbies CMS to Extend Medicare Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth

The American Medical Association has sent a letter urging CMS to permanently extend Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services. Separately, CMS is being urged to include virtual care in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.

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CMS Expands Telehealth Coverage for Audiologists- Speech-Language Pathologists

CMS has added a number of CPT codes to the list of audiology and speech-language pathology services provided by telehealth that will be covered by Medicare during the coronavirus pandemic.

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CMS Facing Pressure to Add Telehealth to Diabetes Prevention Programs

The Alliance for Connected Care is leading a new lobbying effort to have telehealth included in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, both during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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CMS Clarifies 2021 PFS Reimbursements for Remote Patient Monitoring

In an update posted this week in the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has amended the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule to clarify reimbursement for remote patient monitoring programs.

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Questions Arise Over Medicare Coverage for Mental Health Services by Telehealth

A sentence tucked into last year’s pandemic relief bill sets requirements for in-person care before Medicare will cover mental healthcare services via telehealth.

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Lawmakers Reintroduce Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Bill, Hoping for a Better Outcome

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The Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act is back, after failing to make it through Congress last year. Will lawmakers see enough value in telehealth to make it a priority this year?

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