The order also calls on HHS to develop a new pilot payment model for rural hospitals, and also extend expanded coverage of telehealth services for Medicare patients beyond the pandemic, Elise Reuter reports for MedCity News.
"Prior to the pandemic, Medicare had several restrictions in place for virtual visits. Telehealth visits were only covered for patients in rural communities, and they still had to take place in a doctor’s office, hospital, or other health facility. The number of covered services was also limited," Reuter reports. "Since the start of the covid-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has waived those restrictions, allowing Medicare to cover 135 new services over telehealth, such as physical therapy or mental health services."