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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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New Guidance on Form 8889 for Health Savings Accounts

by Amy M. Gordon and Susan Nash

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2012 version of Form 8889 (Health Savings Accounts [HSA]) and its Instructions.  The Form 8889 is filed by HSA holders as an attachment to the IRS Form 1040.  The Form 8889 is generally used to report contributions and distributions to and from the HSA.  The 2012 versions of the form and instructions are substantially similar to the 2011 versions, however the 2012 form and instructions have been updated to include the 2012 contribution limits, and to reflect that qualified HSA distributions from health flexible spending accounts (FSA) or health reimbursement accounts (HRA) are no longer permitted.  Please note the 2012 HSA contribution limits are $3,100 for an individual and $6,250 for a family.