CMS Proposes Increasing Use of Telehealth by Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare Advantage plans would be authorized to make greater use of telehealth services under a new regulation to be proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The proposal, part of a broader regulation addressing a variety of Medicare programs, would authorize wider use of telehealth services in caring for Medicare Advantage enrollees while improving provider payments for those services. According to a CMS fact sheet about the proposed regulation, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 allows MA plans to offer “additional telehealth benefits” not otherwise available in Original Medicare to enrollees starting in plan year 2020. Under this [...]