In a letter to Administrator Seema Verma, the Alliance of Specialty Medicine called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to “work with the Congress and its federal agency partners to ensure ongoing access to telehealth services following the end of the PHE for COVID-19.” The specialty physician organization is urging implementation of the following telehealth policies on a permanent basis by CMS using its current authority:
• Maintain the updated Medicare telehealth list, to include retaining all of the services added to the Medicare telehealth list in response to the PHE for COVID-19;
• Eliminate site-of-service payment differentials for telehealth visits, and maintain Medicare coverage and enhanced payment for “telephone” E/M services (CPT 99441 – 99443);
• Allow key telehealth and virtual care services (e.g., virtual check-ins, e-visits, and other communication technology-based services) to be furnished to both new and established patients;
• Preserve direct supervision revisions that allow physicians to supervise in-office clinical staff using communications technologies, when appropriate; and
• Ensure physicians may perform telehealth services from their homes without updating their Medicare enrollment.
The Alliance further urged CMS to seek the necessary statutory authority to make additional telehealth policies permanent, including elimination of the originating site requirements. CMS was also asked to encourage states to address licensure issues in an effort to expand telehealth access. The letter can be accessed by clicking on the link below.