Becker's Healthcare December 3, 2021
Jackie Drees

With relaxed regulations during the pandemic, Medicare telehealth visits increased 63-fold in 2020, from 840,000 in 2019 to 52.7 million, according to a Dec. 3 HHS report. 

For its report, HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation analyzed Medicare fee-for-service data in 2019 and 2020 to get a better understanding of how telehealth use has expanded during COVID-19. 

At the start of the pandemic, CMS used emergency waivers and regulations to expand telehealth services during the public health emergency; these expansions included waiving statutory limits such as geographic licensing restrictions and reimbursing for new services delivered via telehealth. HHS’ Office for Civil Rights also relaxed HIPAA enforcements for video conferencing, which let providers and patients use platforms such as...

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Topics: CMS, Digital Health, Govt Agencies, Health IT, HHS, Insurance, Medicare, Patient / Consumer, Provider, Technology, Telehealth
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