On January 7, 2021, Secretary Azar renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19 effective January 21, 2021. The new expiration date of the PHE is April 20, 2021. Click HERE to read the announcement.
What does the extension of the PHE mean for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services? It means that the Medicare program will continue to pay providers for outpatient therapy services delivered via telehealth until the end of the PHE, which is now scheduled to end on April 20, 2021. This extension includes private practices and facility-based settings.
I will be providing a webinar on February 4, 2021 titled “Telehealth in 2021: What You Need to Know“. This webinar will provide participants with the latest information on telehealth coverage by CMS, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare and other insurance carriers as it applies to outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Click HERE for additional information and to register.