CMS expands telehealth further, stops Advance Payment Program

Original Article on HME News

WASHINGTON – CMS has made another round of changes to support health care providers during the coronavirus pandemic, including expanding telehealth further and opening up access to continuous glucose monitors.

Among the expansions related to telehealth:

  • CMS is allowing physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapist to provide telehealth services.
  • CMS is waiving the video requirement for certain telephone evaluation and management services, opening the door for Medicare beneficiaries to use an audio-only telephone to get telehealth services.
  • CMS is changing its process of adding new services to the list of Medicare services that may be furnished via telehealth to a sub-regulatory vs. a rulemaking process, allowing the agency to consider requests by practitioners now learning to use telehealth as broadly as possible.

Non-telehealth related changes include CMS not enforcing certain clinical criteria in the LCDs that limit access to therapeutic continuous glucose monitors for beneficiaries with diabetes, giving clinicians greater flexibility to allow more of their diabetic patients to monitor their glucose and adjust insulin doses at home.

Source: HME News – CMS expands telehealth further, stops Advance Payment Program