CMS Loosens Restrictions on RHC & FQHC Telemedicine Services – COVID-19 Updates

CMS issued guidance on March 27, 2020, and March 30, 2020, as part of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency interim final rule and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This legislation further expands the use of telemedicine and virtual communication technology to broaden patient access to healthcare considering the COVID-19 public health emergency. The guidance also removes restrictions for rural health clinic (RHC) and federally qualified health center (FQHC) settings. Join BKD as we outline the updated coding and billing instructions, to include cost report and reimbursement impact for RHC and FQHC.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current CMS COVID-19 revised telemedicine instructions for RHCs and FQHCs
  • Define telemedicine or virtual communication service descriptions
  • Discuss the cost report impact of the Medicare/Medicaid changes

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