Posted Monday, January 3, 2022

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) plans to recommend that the U.S. Secretary of HHS require hospices to report telehealth visits on Medicare claims. They will also recommend to Congress that Medicare base payment rates hold at current levels for 2023, and repeated its call to cut hospice aggregate cap by 20%.

“The second recommendation regarding telehealth services was motivated by the expanded use of telecommunications-based visits during the public health emergency (PHE) and the need to know the extent to which telehealth visits are being conducted and access to care during the PHE,” MEDPAC indicated in the transcript of its most recent meeting. “The secretary should require that hospices report telehealth services on Medicare claims. Requiring hospices to report telehealth visits would increase the program’s ability to monitor beneficiary access to care.”

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