NHPCO: Make Permanent Telehealth Flexibilities for Hospice

POSTED ON MONDAY, June 15, 2020 

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has called upon HHS to make permanent regulatory flexibilities that allowed hospices to expand telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Declaration of a national disaster allows the HHS to waive certain regulatory requirements under section 1135 of the Social Security Act. CMS issued 1135 waivers to relax conditions of participation (CoPs) for hospices and other health care providers after the White House declared the outbreak a national emergency. Several of these waivers allow for expanded use of telehealth.”

“I think the genie’s out of the bottle on this one,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently said. “I think it’s fair to say that the advent of telehealth has been just completely accelerated, that it’s taken this crisis to push us to a new frontier, but there’s absolutely no going back.”

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