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House Oks Extension of Medicare Telehealth Flexibilities Through 2024
August 1, 2022

By a near unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill expanding telehealth access and coverage for Medicare services until the end of 2024, while making those flexibilities permanent for FQHCs and RHCs. The bill now goes to the Senate.

HHS Delivers Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth
August 1, 2022

With this guidance, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and DOJ’s Civil Rights Division (CRT) explain how various federal laws require making telehealth accessible to people with disabilities and limited English proficient persons. These laws include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504),1 the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),2 Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI),3 and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 1557), 4 (collectively, “federal civil rights laws”). Section 1557 regulations specifically provide that covered health programs or activities provided by covered entities through electronic or information technology.

Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
July 15, 2022

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that announces and solicits public comments on proposed policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, effective on or after January 1, 2023.

OCR Clarifies Post-PHE HIPAA Compliance for Audio-Only Telehealth
July 5, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance on the use of remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth to assist health care providers and health plans, or covered entities, bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules (HIPAA Rules). The goal of the guidance as stated by OCR is to support continued access to audio-only telehealth post-public health emergency (PHE) and make clear that audio-only telehealth is permissible under HIPAA Rules.

HRSA Prepares Providers for End of Telehealth Flexibilities During COVID-19 PHE
May 31, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 public health emergency this week beyond the July 15 expiration to October. The eventual expiration of the declaration will lead to changes in certain flexibilities granted to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, especially when it comes to telehealth

NCQA Releases White Paper on The Impact of Telehealth on Health Equity
May 31, 2022

The report stemmed from an NCQA roundtable discussion on the future of virtual health care delivery in a post-pandemic world. Held in October 2021, the roundtable featured a diverse panel of experts in telehealth, technology, regulation, and policy, including individuals from MedStar Health, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the National Partnership for Women and Families, among others.