July 14, 2016
On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY2017 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rulei, which, in addition to updating payment rates, proposes to expand marginally the list of telehealth services eligible for Medicare reimbursement. The proposed changes do not represent a marked change from CMS' historical policies regarding telehealth reimbursement. Rather, these changes hint at CMS' greater willingness to accommodate and encourage providers' adoption of such technologies to expand access to quality care for rural beneficiaries. Additionally, CMS suggests modifications to current policies on Place of Service (POS) coding and clarified current payment policies for telehealth services rendered in hospitals. Comments on the proposed rule are due on September. 6, 2016. 

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