Bloomberg Law
April 15, 2020, 7:35 PM

Medicare Agency Weighing Permanent Telehealth Rule Changes

Shira Stein
Shira Stein

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is exploring whether it could make emergency changes to telehealth regulations permanent once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Expanding telehealth is at the top of the list of changes the agency is eyeing, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said Wednesday in a call with reporters.

Verma has long been trying to make it easier for doctors to practice telehealth, but has encountered wariness from doctors and patients over quality of care and competition. There are also concerns about fraudulent Medicare payments for the practice.

The main barrier, however, has been a lack of interest ...

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