In final rule, CMS makes telehealth more widely available in Medicare Advantage plans

Elvera Bartels

The Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Providers today finalized prerequisites that will, among other steps, enhance entry to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Edge designs.

CMS is giving MA designs more adaptability to rely telehealth suppliers in certain specialty regions these as Dermatology, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Nephrology, Key Treatment, Gynecology, Endocrinology, and infectious ailments, to conference CMS network adequacy specifications.

This adaptability will motivate designs to enhance their added benefits to give beneficiaries entry to the newest telehealth technologies and enhance prepare decisions for beneficiaries residing in rural regions, CMS said.

CMS is also finalizing proposals to enhance the MA and Portion D Star Scores program to even more enhance the impact that affected person encounter and entry steps have on a plan’s overall star ranking.

Moreover, CMS adopted a collection of improvements in the March 31 Interim Ultimate Rule with Remark Interval for the 2021 and 2022 Star Scores

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