The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the addition of 11 new services to the Medicare telehealth services list, which now totals 144.
Effective immediately, Medicare will begin paying eligible practitioners who furnish these newly added telehealth services for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new services include certain neurostimulator analysis and programming services, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. CMS also is providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth.
The actions follow an executive order from President Trump meant to improve the health of all Americans by increasing access to better care.
“CMS is taking action to increase telehealth adoption across the country,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said Wednesday in an announcement. “Medicaid patients should not be forgotten, and today’s announcement promotes telehealth for them as well.”