Top Five New Telehealth Policies in Medicare 2021 in Physician Fee Schedule

The National Law Review

Rachel B. Goodman, Nathaniel M. Lacktman, Emily H. Wein, Thomas B. Ferrante

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released its 2021 Final Rule (Physician Fee Schedule), with telehealth policy changes and a list of new services covered under Medicare. Actions taken by CMS during the COVID-19 pandemic “have unleashed an explosion in telehealth innovation, and we’re now moving to make many of these changes permanent,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar, promising CMS will “keep exploring ways to deliver Americans access to health care in the setting that they and their doctor decide makes sense for them.”

Compared to last year, where CMS made only minor additions to telehealth services, the 2021 changes are bold and designed to more deliberately expand the use of telehealth technologies among Medicare beneficiaries as the country continues to combat the Public Health Emergency (PHE).

This article discusses the new changes in the Final Rule that are expected to have the greatest impact on the provision of telehealth services. Look for...

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