COVID-19 RESOURCES

Policy Updates: As of 3/31/2020

HR 478, the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act or “CARES Act” requires telehealth capabilities for Veterans Affairs case managers; it also allows new enrollments and six-month renewals to be conducted via phone or telehealth.

The CARES Act also allocates $1 billion to Indian Health Services to respond to COVID-19 with telehealth and other information technology upgrades; $27 billion to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to combat COVID-19 with “telehealth access; and $180 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration – Rural Health for telehealth and rural health activities.

CMS has updated their telemedicine policies to add more services that may be provided virtually. This includes: Emergency Department Visits, Levels 1-5 (CPT codes 99281-99285) as well as initial hospital care and discharge day management (CPT codes 99221-99223; CPT codes 99238-99239). They also expanded the services that can be provided by phone for virtual check-in/e-visits (CPT codes 98966-98968; 99441-99443). Remote patient monitoring services and the virtual check-in codes (G2010, G2012) may also be provided to new and established patients.

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3/29/20

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Previous Policy Updates

Policy Updates: As of 3/30/2020

Telemedicine-related updates within the new CARES Act:

3/24/2020

Recent policy changes give providers more flexibility to offer telemedicine and minimize patient exposure:

03/23/20

  • Senate Republicans' COVID-19 economic stimulus bill has proposed reduced restrictions on telemedicine and suspension of the Medicare sequester until the end of 2020.
  • 18 states and the District of Columbia have changed their laws to expand telehealth use, such as waiting Medicaid requirements. However, some changes are timed to expire when the coronavirus pandemic is over.
  • Vice President Pence announced a new HHS mandate to “allow all doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas” – but HHS hasn’t confirmed that yet. Check The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) list of states that have waived licensure requirements or renewal guidelines to allow providers to virtually treat patients in other states.

03/20/20