April 17, 2020
By Cyndi Rizzitello, MSN, RN, BC
Chief Clinical Officer, Medalogix
On March 17, 2020, CMS issued a fact sheet on the expansion of telehealth services as a response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In it, CMS explains “…with the emergence of the virus causing the disease COVID-19, there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need.”
Although telehealth has been widely used in the home health industry for decades and historically recognized by CMS as a valued service, its application has been limited in scope and payment. It’s taken a world-wide pandemic and a significant threat to the US healthcare system for CMS to further recognize the potential of telehealth as a valuable intervention during this crisis.