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07/15/22

HHS Extends Public Health Emergency

On July 15, 2022, Xavier Becerra, Secr​etary of Health and Human Services, extended the public health emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19. The new expiration date is the end of the day on October 13, 2022. So what does this extension mean for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services? Read below to learn more!

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04/13/22

Public Health Emergency: April 2022 Update

On April 12, 2022, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19. The new expiration date of the PHE is the end of the day on July 14, 2022. Regarding what does this mean for the Medicare program continuing to pay for telehealth if provided by a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant and speech-language pathologist, click HERE and read the first question and answer. In addition, to learn how long the Medicare program will reimburse for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided via telehealth once the

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01/14/22

Public Health Emergency: January 2022 Update

On January 14, 2022, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19. The new expiration date of the PHE is the end of the day on April 15, 2022. Regarding what does this mean for the Medicare program continuing to pay for telehealth if provided by a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant and speech-language pathologist, click HERE and read the first question and answer.

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10/15/21

COVID Public Health Emergency Extended Again

On October 15, 2021, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19. The new expiration date of the PHE is the end of the day on January 15, 2022.

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07/19/21

Public Health Emergency Extended Until October 17, 2021

On July 19, 2021, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19 with an effective date of July 20, 2021. The PHE will now end at the end of the day on October 17, 2021. Due to this extension, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to reimburse for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services delivered via telehealth until at least until the end of the day on October 17, 2021.

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04/19/21

Public Health Emergency Renewed Once Again

On April 15, 2021, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19. The PHE will now end at the end of the day on July 19, 2021. Due to this extension, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to reimburse for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services delivered via telehealth until at least until the end of the day on July 19, 2021.

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04/05/21

CMS Updates List of Covered Telehealth Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the list of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services that can be delivered via telehealth during the COVID public health emergency (PHE). The additional CPT codes added are as follows: 92526 92607 92608 92609 92610 92626 92627 96105 96125 97129 97130 To view the entire list of CPT codes that can be delivered via telehealth and reimbursed by CMS, click HERE. Remember that once the PHE is declared over, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists will no longer be able to be reimbursed by the Medicare program for

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01/07/21

Secretary Azar Extends PHE

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

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