Telehealth and Medicare After the PHE

May 22, 2023
Rick Gawenda

The public health emergency (PHE) ended at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. What providers want to know is will the Medicare program continue to reimburse for outpatient therapy services delivered via telehealth after the PHE and if yes, in which outpatient settings and for how long?

Several updates have occurred since I published an article on this topic back on May 4, 2023. The article has been updated twice since that date due to new information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Click HERE to read this article that does contain the latest information and updates from CMS.

In addition, I have updated my Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with the latest information and answers regarding outpatient therapy services delivered via telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries receiving outpatient therapy services. Click HERE to access the Telehealth FAQs.

Lastly, on May 10, 2023, I published an article titled “Will Commercial Insurance Carriers Reimburse for Telehealth After the PHE Ends?” Click HERE to read that article.

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  1. I see that some of these insurers are labeling ” other virtual services” within the telehealth category. I see documentation related to the Remote Physiologic Monitoring but there seems to be very little documentation of any sort related to Remote Therapeutic Monitoring. Remote Monitoring is considered virtual care that is distinctly separate from the “telehealth” structure, it’s an interesting observation and a problem. Insurances seems to remain silent ( at least in documentation or written policy) about coverage for RTM.