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CMS Unveils Toolkit To Remove Barriers To Telehealth For Medicaid, CHIP Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

  • April 24, 2020

Bloomberg Law (4/23, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports CMS unveiled “a telehealth toolkit Thursday aimed at helping states remove barriers to telehealth services in their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs during the coronavirus crisis.” The objective “is to make it easier for Medicaid and CHIP enrollees to receive health care at home rather than at a doctor’s office or emergency room, where they could become exposed to – or pass along – the virus.” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, “While not all patient interactions can be delivered through telehealth, our clinicians on the front lines need every tool in their arsenal to fight this invisible enemy. ... I’m urging states to use this toolkit to make sure our Medicaid patients, particularly our children, can continue to receive needed care from the safety of their homes.”