Healthcare Finance News May 27, 2022
Jeff Lagasse

The draft suggests removing Medicare’s in-person visit requirement, protecting audio-only telehealth and supporting provider use.

The Senate Finance Committee, led by Chair Ron Wyden (D.Ore.), is seeking to make permanent some of the telehealth flexibilities enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic that pertain to mental health services.

In what the committee calls a mental health “bill of rights,” Wyden and ranking committee member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), along with Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), released a discussion draft for telehealth policies that suggests, among other things, removing Medicare’s in-person visit requirement and codifying audio-only mental health coverage.

Wyden said via statement that the policies outlined in the draft “will help strengthen access, awareness and support for telehealth.”

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