Last Friday April 24th, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12), and Rep. French Hill (AR-02) introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth availability for specialized care.
The Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Response Act would ensure that physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, and clinical social workers can receive telehealth reimbursement rates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) while providing necessary health services. Currently, CMS has not authorized telehealth usage for these five categories of specialized care.
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