On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare will provide coverage for over 80 additional services when they are delivered via telehealth. These changes are intended to increase access to care for Medicare enrollees while allowing them to remain isolated to protect them from exposure to coronavirus. Examples of newly covered services include emergency department visits, initial nursing facility visits and discharge visits, and home visits. Health care providers will also be able to remotely monitor their patients’ health using remote patient monitoring, regardless of the condition that the patient is diagnosed with. Additionally, if a provider recommends that an enrollee stay home because of exposure or suspected exposure to coronavirus, CMS will consider them eligible for the Medicare Home Health Benefit, which allows them to receive care in their home.
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