CMS Expands Telehealth Coverage to Improve Access to Care
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced an expansion of telehealth coverage to improve access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. This expansion allows for a wider range of services to be delivered to Medicare beneficiaries without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
The expansion of telehealth coverage will allow for a greater range of services to be delivered to individuals living in rural and underserved areas. This expansion of coverage will also provide increased access to preventive services and mental health services, which are often difficult to access due to geographic or financial barriers.
The expansion of telehealth coverage includes the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to use telehealth services for certain services that were previously not covered, such as home visits. Medicare beneficiaries will also be able to receive services such as online visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits. The expansion of coverage also includes the ability to receive services from providers in other states and the ability to be seen by a specialist who may not be available in the beneficiary’s local area.
The expansion of telehealth coverage is an important step in improving access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. This expansion of coverage will help to reduce financial and geographic barriers to care and will provide greater access to preventive services and mental health services. Additionally, the expansion of telehealth coverage will help to reduce the burden on healthcare providers, who will no longer have to travel long distances to provide care.
The expansion of telehealth coverage will benefit Medicare beneficiaries, healthcare providers, and the healthcare system as a whole. This expansion of coverage will provide increased access to care and will help to reduce the burden on providers, while improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.