I’m sure many of you are aware of the recently passed Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020. This new law relaxes many of the current Medicare criteria in order to rapidly expand the use of telehealth as a resource against COVID-19. Pursuant to this law, the Secretary of HHS has the authority to waive the “site” requirements for telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiaries who are located in an identified “Emergency Area” during an “Emergency Period.” Since the whole country is currently experiencing a public health emergency, the Emergency Period and Emergency Area requirements are met on a nation-wide basis.
Prior to this waiver, Medicare could only pay for telehealth on a limited basis which is when the person receiving the service is in a designated rural area and when they leave their home and go to a clinic, hospital, or certain other types of medical facilities for the service.
However, what still remains is the FMV requirements. Hospitals must pay telehealth providers a fee that is Fair Market Value. As health systems around the country scramble to meet the current needs and develop telehealth arrangements, we at HealthValue Group stand ready to help you quickly make your arrangements compliant. If you are currently working on a new telehealth arrangement and have FMV questions, please don’t hesitate calling me, Chris David, directly at 303-918-3607.
I’ll give you my guarantee that my staff and I will react quickly to help you develop a compliant and effective telehealth arrangement.