AMA backs Senate bill that would remove Medicare’s geographic, site restrictions on telehealth 

Jackie Drees –
Friday, September 18th, 2020
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The American Medical Association highlighted its support on Sept. 18 of the Senates “Telehealth Modernization Act of 2020,” which would completely cut much of the regulatory restrictions that were provisionally raised at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3 notes:.

1. The bill would permanently get rid of Medicares previous telehealth and geographic coming from website restrictions, which avoided Medicare doctors from using most telehealth services beyond rural areas, according to the report.

2. The expense would likewise permit the HHS secretary to grant patients access to telehealth from physiotherapists, speech pathologists and other healthcare experts in addition to allow Medicare hospice and house dialysis patients to take part in a telehealth see without having an initial in-person check out.

3. Under the expense, the HHS secretary would likewise have the authority to offer Medicare versatility in spending for more telehealth services. At 135 services covered, Medicare more than doubled its telehealth protection from pre-pandemic and now covers emergency situation department gos to and physical, occupational and speech treatment services.

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” The success of telehealth technology adoption throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency has actually made it generously clear that this innovation need to be readily available to all Medicare patients regardless of where they live or how they access telehealth services,” AMA Executive Vice President James Madara, MD, composed in a Sept. 2 letter to the Senate health, education, labor and pensions committee.

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Under the expense, the HHS secretary would also have the authority to give Medicare flexibility in paying for more telehealth services. At 135 services covered, Medicare more than doubled its telehealth coverage from pre-pandemic and now covers emergency situation department gos to and physical, occupational and speech therapy services.