ATA applauds Congressional Omnibus’s renewal of telehealth flexibilities

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“Hard work continues as we stay in pressing telehealth permanency. We are providing a durable blockage to the telehealth cliff”.

This week, the American Telemedicine Association applauded Congress’s bipartisan omnibus spending measure for containing a two-year extension. It is for Medicare’s telehealth flexibility. This has been in effect since the COVID-19 public emergency was proclaimed in 2020.

The ATA Action affiliate of the telehealth group also complimented lawmakers from both parties on Capitol Hill. This includes measures extending the Medicare in-person requirement for telemental health by two years in the agreement.

Congressional telehealth champions on both sides of the aisle came through for the American people as well as for ATA and ATA Action members. By granting our request for more certainty around telehealth access for the ensuing two years. We will continue to operate with policymakers to make telehealth access a strong part of our healthcare delivery for the future.

Furthermore, the omnibus includes the Acute Hospital Care two year extension at Home Program. It also includes a two-year extension of the safe harbor. So that it can offer telemedicine in high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts.

While the Ryan Haight in-person waiver for remote prescription of controlled substances is not similarly extended. It does direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to issue final regulations outlining the conditions. It is a Special Enrollment for telemedicine publications and the procedure for applying for enrollment.

Within the coming week, the omnibus package sent to President Biden for his signature. For several months, numerous pieces of legislation with varied elements made their way through Congress. The American Telemedicine Association and ATA Action advocated for the extension of Medicare telehealth flexibilities past the PHE and through 2024.

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