Healthcare Finance News January 12, 2021
Susan Morse

Wednesday is the deadline to comment on NCQA’s Telehealth Module in Health Plan Accreditation to integrate telehealth with other care modalities.

With the public health emergency extended to April, providers get additional time to use waivers for telehealth and other flexibilities.

Aside from these flexibilities, the public health emergency holds accountable care organizations harmless from financial losses for the months in which the PHE is in effect. For example, if the PHE is in effect for six months in 2021, then ACOs will only be liable for half of the shared losses they may experience this year. 

Also, CMS will remove from ACOs’ expenditures COVID-19 episodes. 

Both are important because caring for COVID-19 patients can be long and expensive, and...

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