By Rebecca Burke, Esq. and Megan La Suer, Esq
Current as of June 1, 2020
Over the last several weeks, Powers has been reporting on the telehealth expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic. (More information is available on the Powers website.) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020 and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule (IFR), issued on March 31, both contain significant telehealth provisions. CMS has also been issuing a steady stream of guidance regarding implementation of these provisions, although many questions still remain unanswered. On April 30, 2020 CMS issued a new series of updates including new waivers and a new IFR. This series of Q & As address many of the temporary telehealth provisions that apply during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) including the April 30, 2020 announcements. Powers will be updating this document as the Administration continues to issue additional guidance. The information contained in this document shall not be considered legal advice but should be instructive for providers seeking to be in compliance with laws, regulations, and guidance that are being issued and changed frequently.