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May 19, 2022  

New Technology, Same Concerns: Increased Government Scrutiny Related to Telehealth

This Bulletin is brought to you by AHLA’s Fraud and Abuse Practice Group.
  • May 19, 2022
  • Scott R. Grubman , Chilivis Grubman Dalbey & Warner LLP

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it was exercising its authority to temporarily loosen some of the then-strict regulations and restrictions governing Medicare’s payment for telehealth services. This included, among other things, paying for telehealth services where the patient is at home (as opposed to a specific, qualified “originating site”), permitting the use of every day technology such as FaceTime and Skype (as opposed to only certain certified telehealth technology), loosening the two-way video requirement, and expanding the types of services that could be provided through a telehealth encounter.

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