H.R.7663 - Protecting Access to Post-COVID–19 Telehealth Act of 2020116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 07/16/2020)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 07/16/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.7663 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (07/16/2020)
Protecting Access to Post-COVID–19 Telehealth Act of 2020
This bill modifies requirements relating to coverage of telehealth services under Medicare.
Specifically, the bill (1) authorizes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to generally waive coverage restrictions during national emergencies, (2) allows rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers to serve as the distant site (i.e., the location of the health care practitioner), (3) removes restrictions that require the originating site (i.e., the location of the beneficiary) to be in a rural area, and (3) allows the home of a beneficiary to serve as the originating site for all services (rather than for only certain services).
Additionally, the CMS must report on the utilization of telehealth services specifically during the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019).