Fierce Healthcare November 16, 2021
New major legislation would require Medicare to cover breakthrough medical devices faster and make permanent key flexibilities to telehealth reimbursement for providers.
Lawmakers introduced on Tuesday Cures 2.0 bipartisan legislation that builds on the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016. The legislation includes major investments in medical research including the creation of a new agency to research difficult diseases such as Alzheimer’s, but also contains several reforms to Medicare reimbursement and coverage.
The legislation would permanently remove Medicare’s geographic and originating site requirements that require a patient to live in a rural area and be in a doctor’s office to qualify for telehealth services.
The use of telehealth has exploded since the pandemic when patients were afraid of going to...