Policy Updates: As of 3/31/2020
HR 478, the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act or “CARES Act” requires telehealth capabilities for Veterans Affairs case managers; it also allows new enrollments and six-month renewals to be conducted via phone or telehealth.
The CARES Act also allocates $1 billion to Indian Health Services to respond to COVID-19 with telehealth and other information technology upgrades; $27 billion to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to combat COVID-19 with “telehealth access; and $180 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration – Rural Health for telehealth and rural health activities.
CMS has updated their telemedicine policies to add more services that may be provided virtually. This includes: Emergency Department Visits, Levels 1-5 (CPT codes 99281-99285) as well as initial hospital care and discharge day management (CPT codes 99221-99223; CPT codes 99238-99239). They also expanded the services that can be provided by phone for virtual check-in/e-visits (CPT codes 98966-98968; 99441-99443). Remote patient monitoring services and the virtual check-in codes (G2010, G2012) may also be provided to new and established patients.