Telehealth changes…here to stay?

Telehealth changes…here to stay?

In short, yes! (At least for now.)

With the recent CMS Telehealth Final Rule extending telehealth changes, as well as greater demand for these services and more virtual visits than ever, it does indeed look like the telehealth changes are sticking around for the near future, and likely beyond.

In this post we’re taking a quick look at what the Final Rule means for providers. We’ll also share our strategy to deal with all the changes.

The new regulatory landscape

The CMS Final Rule gives Medicare beneficiaries greater access to telehealth options. New for 2022, it doubles reimbursement for vaccination services and includes direct payments to physician assistants.

States are mostly following suit, making way for providers to offer more telehealth services to more patients. According to an October 2021 report by the Centers for Connected Health Policy, “no two states are alike in how telehealth is defined and regulated.” To continue or even expand telehealth services to patients, be prepared for greater compliance complexity with credentialing and enrollments.

What do the CMS changes mean for facilities and providers?

More services. The CMS Telehealth changes mean a wide variety of services previously excluded from reimbursement are now included, like initial inpatient visits, home visits, initial

nursing facility visits and more.

More providers. Doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and others can offer specific telehealth services.

More settings. Telehealth services may be delivered in any health care facility including a physician office, hospital, nursing home or rural health clinic – in addition to a provider’s home.

Technology matters. CMS has specific guidelines on the type of technology providers use, requiring audio and video in most circumstances.

 

Other important considerations

In addition to properly providing and coding telehealth visits, healthcare facilities should also be aware of other considerations. Here are some examples:

  • Does your facility have practice standards for virtual patient evaluations and prescribing?
  • Does your insurance policy cover telehealth services (and in every state where you have patients)?
  • Does your informed consent form cover services provided for via telehealth?

 

There are many details to track. And with more telehealth audits and regulations on the horizon it’s important to have instant access to all of these vital telehealth documents and policies, organization-wide.

If your current strategy for compliance is to log it all into a spreadsheet or file it all away in your row of cabinets, that’s simply not going to cut it anymore.

More opportunities, more compliance details.

Yes, it’s complicated, but don’t get left behind. MedTrainer provides the tools to take advantage of this remarkable paradigm shift that is quickly defining how providers and other healthcare professionals get paid.

As the states and private insurers navigate through new interstate compacts and streamlined processes, MedTrainer is here to keep track of what is required.

You can stay focused on the future of healthcare delivery

Let us show you how we help you grow through our compliance, learning, and credentialing platform.

Call because we can help.

Our experienced team will help you leverage the CMS telehealth expansion  — while staying fully compliant — so you can provide more telehealth services now and in the future. Call us today at 844-596-6557 to speak to one of our experienced team members.