The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated list of Medicare telehealth services for calendar year 2023, which removes the 151-day restriction. All telehealth codes should now be active through December 31, 2023. 

Action Needed to Align Payment with Congressional Authority

On January 13, 2023, the Alliance for Connected Care sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the implementation of the telehealth provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023.

Some Medicare telehealth codes are currently scheduled to expire 151 days after the expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). While most telehealth codes can simply be extended in the annual calendar year (CY) 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rulemaking, the timeline is too rapid to address the issue.

The Alliance requests that CMS issue an interim final rule to implement the date changes as per the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023.

To read the letter, see below or click here.

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The Alliance for Connected Care also joined a larger stakeholder letter to CMS to extend the availability of the codes that are temporarily on the Medicare Telehealth Services List to align with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.