On Friday afternoon, CMS announced its guidance allowing FQHCs and RHCs to receive enhanced Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services, per the provision in the CARES Act. Retroactive to January 27, 2020 and continuing for the duration of the COVID emergency, FQHCs are able to provide and be reimbursed for Medicare services as a distant site provider via telehealth. FQHCs will be reimbursed $92 for these services. FQHC practitioners can provide these services from any location, including one’s home, as long as they are working for the FQHC and can provide any telehealth service that is approved as a distant site service under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. For more specifics on the “how to,” including a list of the eligible codes and the appropriate way to code these services, please see the MLN Matters article. We expect an FAQ document to be available early next week.
These services are in addition to the recent announcement that expanded the definition of virtual communication services code to include “evisits“ (communications initiated through an online portal). Read more about those services here.
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