Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report recommends changes to Medicare coverage
report recommends changes to Medicare's telehealth coverage. The report outlines the DHHS's current legislative proposal to be included in the President's budget request for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The proposal aims to address many of the existing challenges associated with telemedicine by revamping Medicare's telehealth coverage.
program only covers telehealth if it fits a
predefined list of qualified treatments and geographic requirements. The new proposal would widen the delivery of telehealth by "expanding the ability of Medicare Advantage organizations to deliver certain medical services, at the Secretary's discretion, via telehealth by eliminating otherwise applicable Part B requirements that certain covered services be provided exclusively through face-to-face encounters."
By eliminating the part B requirements for telemedicine, this new proposal would provide Medicare recipients with access to more specialties through telemedicine and would make telemedicine services available in more locations.
Congress initially requested a report on the status of E-Health and telemedicine back in December, 2015. In addition to the proposed legislative changes, the report also details the capabilities of telemedicine to increase access to care and improve health outcomes; the existing policy challenges associated with the technology; and the current usage of telehealth by the DHSS and the VA.
You can access the
from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.