CMS expands Telehealth Services to Deliver Care Safely during COVID-19 and Beyond
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has taken the necessary steps to make it easier to provide quality care through telehealth services. This unprecedented action by CMS has encouraged healthcare providers to adopt and use telehealth as a way to safely provide care to their patients in situations like medication consultation, eye exams, nutrition counseling, behavioral health counseling, and routine health check-ups like annual wellness visits. Past data have shown telehealth to be an effective medium for patients to access healthcare providers especially for managing chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma or to obtain mental health counseling.
Advantages of CMS changes to Telehealth:
Telehealth services made permanent post-COVID-19:
CMS has announced that 60 of the 144 telehealth services that were newly offered during the pandemic will become permanent. This includes services for cognitive assessment, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and custodial care services for established patients.
They have also finalized the decision that direct supervision in telehealth visits can be provided with interactive audio and video technology through the end of the year until December 2021.
The ongoing pandemic has resulted in an increased workload for healthcare providers across the country. Incorporating telehealth software into an existing practice can allow providers to virtually connect with patients. This can relieve the strain on practice while introducing an additional revenue stream.
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