On a temporary basis, CMS issued blanket Section 1135 to healthcare professionals in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
In addition to the 1135 Waivers, CMS also made regulatory adjustments that allowed home health agencies to use telehealth services alongside in-person visits, so long as:
- the use of technology is related to the skilled services being furnished, and
- the use of technology is included in the plan of care with a description of how the technology will help achieve goals without substituting for an in-person visit.
But now the OIG wants to be sure the rules are being followed.
This Remington Report special report dives into the subject of home health telehealth payments.