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Home Health Industry ‘Getting Closer’ to Reimbursement for Telehealth Visits

May 272020

Despite significant roadblocks, the home health industry is getting closer to securing direct reimbursement for visits delivered via telehealth technology, industry insiders believe. Over the past two few months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the White House have taken numerous steps to ramp up the use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 emergency. In doing so, federal policymakers hoped to minimize person-to-person contact and preserve stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE). We dramatically expanded access to telehealth … for Medicare beneficiaries,” President Donald Trump said during a late April White House coronavirus task-force briefing. The number of Medicare patients using telehealth has increased from roughly 11,000 a week to more than 650,000 [people] a week.”