Friday, June 12, 2020

Webinar: Providers Share Their Experiences with COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers

AHCA/NCAL has posted a 45-minute webinar on ahcancalED in which four members, from independent owners to large multistate for-profit and nonprofit organizations, share their experiences in implementing the COVID-19 telehealth waivers, and how the waivers have helped improve care during the public health emergency (PHE). The webinar is free to AHCA/NCAL members and is viewable on-demand.

Since March 1, 2020, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed geographic telehealth limits, limits on the type of services and frequencies of physician telehealth visits, limits on telehealth services that non-physician practitioners such as nurse practitioners can furnish, and removed the prohibition on furnishing physician and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services via telehealth. Additionally, relaxation of certain privacy regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has permitted an explosion in the use of lower-cost, audio/visual technology including smartphones, tablets, and software such as facetime and skype in the delivery of telehealth services.

The presenters share their thoughts on which waiver details they would like for AHCA/NCAL to advocate to CMS, HHS, and Congress to make permanent.

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