Trump expands telehealth services to certain providers

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has expanded Medicare telehealth coverage to allow beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.

Beginning March 6, CMS will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.

A range of healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists and licensed clinical social workers will be able to offer telehealth to Medicare beneficiaries.

Prior to this announcement, Medicare was only allowed to pay clinicians for telehealth services such as routine visits in certain circumstances. For example, the beneficiary receiving the services must live in a rural area and travel to a local medical facility to get telehealth services from a doctor in a remote location.