Staying Connected: An Update on Medicare Reimbursement for Telehealth Services After the PHE

In hopes that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will soon end, Congress and the administration are evaluating the telehealth expansions and flexibilities put in place to respond to the PHE. As a result, the future for telehealth stakeholders remains uncertain. This article outlines various changes in Medicare telehealth reimbursement policy in effect during the PHE and identifies what actions would be required to make these changes permanent.

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Amanda Enyeart
Amanda Enyeart maintains a general health industry and regulatory practice, focusing on fraud and abuse, information technology and digital health matters. Amanda advises health care industry clients in all aspects of software licenses and other agreements for the acquisition electronic health record (EHR) systems and other mission critical health IT.  Amanda’s health care IT transactional experience also includes advising clients with respect to software development, maintenance, service and outsourced hosting arrangements, including cloud-computing transactions. Read Amanda Enyeart's full bio.


Dawn Helak
Dawn R. Helak provides counseling and advice to hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers (AMCs), private equity firms and their portfolio companies, post/sub-acute providers, trade associations and coalitions, physician practices, and other public and private health care companies in a variety of complex transactions and health regulatory compliance matters. Dawn has experience in all aspects of health care transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic affiliations. Dawn focuses her regulatory practice on advising clients with respect to federal and state health care fraud and abuse compliance, reimbursement issues, and licensure and operational matters. Read Dawn R. Helak's full bio.


Marshall E. Jackson, Jr.
Marshall E. Jackson, Jr. focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory counseling for clients in the health care industry, as well as advises clients on the legal, regulatory and compliance aspects of digital health. Marshall provides counseling and advice to hospitals and health systems, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, post/sub-acute providers, physician practices, and other public and private health care companies in a variety of complex transactions and health regulatory compliance matters. Read Marshall Jackson's full bio.


Lisa Schmitz Mazur
Lisa Schmitz Mazur advises health care providers and technology companies on a variety of legal, regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on digital health topics, including telehealth, telemedicine, mobile health and consumer wellness. Lisa advises a variety of health care providers and technology companies involved in “digital health,” including assisting clients in developing and implementing telemedicine programs by advising on issues related to professional licensure, scope of practice, informed consent, prescribing and reimbursement. Lisa helps clients identify and understand the relevant legal issues, and develop and implement practical, forward-thinking solutions and strategies that meet the complex and still-evolving digital health regulatory landscape.  Read Lisa Schmitz Mazur's full bio.


Dale C. Van Demark
Dale C. Van Demark advises clients in the health industry on strategic transactions and the evolution of health care delivery models. He has extensive experience in health system affiliations and joint venture transactions. Dale also provides counseling on the development of technology in health care delivery, with a particular emphasis on telemedicine. Dale has been at the forefront of advising clients with respect to the globalization of the US health care industry. He advises US and non-US enterprises with respect to the formation of cross-border affiliations and international patient programs. In addition to writing regularly on matters related to his practice, Dale has spoken at numerous conferences around the world on the globalization of health care. Read Dale Van Demark's full bio.


Emma Chapman
Emma J. Chapman provides forward-thinking guidance to healthcare providers and researchers on a variety of regulatory, compliance and transactional matters. She is particularly focused on emerging healthcare technology solutions, especially in the areas of telehealth and digital health, and the unique regulatory issues that impact them. Read Emma J. Chapman's full bio.


Mara McDermott
Mara is an accomplished health care executive with a deep understanding of federal health care law and policy, including delivery system reform, physician payment and Medicare payment models.Read Mara McDermott's full bio.


Sheila Madhani
Sheila advises clients on a wide variety of Medicare payment and regulatory issues. With more than 20 years of experience, Sheila is highly skilled in the areas of Medicare physician and hospital outpatient payment, Medicare quality programs, and the establishment and valuation of CPT® codes. Sheila has a deep understanding of emerging technology’s impact on Medicare reimbursement. She has facilitated relationships and discussions with physician specialty societies and industry stakeholders, helping to develop mutually beneficial collaborations. Sheila also has guided clients on working with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and steered them through the American Medical Association’s CPT® Editorial Panel and RVS Update Committee (RUC) processes.Read Sheila Madhani's full bio.


Lauren Knizner
Lauren leverages her health-related legal background to advise clients on regulatory matters impacting the health care industry. Her work focuses on helping clients successfully engage in the federal regulatory process to advance health policy advocacy efforts, including engaging in federal agency rulemaking processes and working with agency officials to develop and improve agency guidance. Lauren works with a wide variety of clients in the health care industry, including hospitals and health systems, trade and professional associations, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and health information and technology companies. Lauren’s work focuses on several areas, including Medicare reimbursement issues, Medicare value based care models, and Medicare telehealth policy. Read Lauren Knizner's full bio.

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