Powers Attorney Rebecca Burke wrote an article titled “What Does the Cures Act Mean for Medicare Telehealth Coverage?” discussing how the 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law December 13, 2016, may affect Medicare’s telehealth benefit. The article appeared in the American Health Lawyers Association’s Weekly newsletter published January 13.

In the article, she writes, “The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act or Act), passed with broad bipartisan support and signed into law on December 13, 2016, contains several telehealth provisions that may signal a new willingness by Congress to expand Medicare’s telehealth benefit. Currently, Medicare lags behind commercial payers in coverage of telehealth services largely due to statutory restrictions and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) historically cautious and incremental approach to approving new telehealth services. In contrast, commercial payers and even Medicaid have been quicker to embrace telehealth and have been the primary drivers of the rapidly increasing use of telehealth services in the United States….”

To read the article in its entirety, please click here. For more information, please contact Rebecca Burke at Rebecca.Burke@PowersLaw.com or 202-872-6751 or visit the American Health Lawyers Association’s website at www.healthlawyers.org.

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