On April 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule for Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations for calendar year 2020. In this final rule, CMS is implementing several sections of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. One of the sections CMS is implementing is Section 50323 that will allow MA plans to offer “additional telehealth benefits” as part of the government-funded “basic benefits”. Will these “additional telehealth benefits” include physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs)? Continue reading to find out.
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