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November 30, 2021

2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Telehealth Changes

This Bulletin is brought to you by AHLA’s Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group.
  • November 30, 2021
  • Theresa Langley , Husch Blackwell LLP

On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (Final Rule), which includes a permanent expansion of telehealth services for behavioral health care beyond the duration of the public health emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Final Rule also extends CMS’ physician supervision requirements for telehealth so that direct supervision may continue to be provided via real-time audio-visual communications. Finally, the Final Rule extends reimbursement of Category 3 telehealth services (services that CMS deems to have clinical benefits on a temporary virtual basis) until the end of 2023.

ARTICLE TAGS
  • Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment
  • Behavioral Health
  • Government Reimbursement
  • Health Information

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