Telehealth and Telemedicine Reimbursement Get Big Boost from Passage of Two-Year Budget Deal

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Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement received big boosts in the two-year budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on February 9, 2018, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation.

The budget deal included parts of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act advocated for by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and fellow members of the Telehealth/Remote Monitoring Coalition. Targeted at Medicare’s telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement rules, the new law:

■ adds the patient’s home, without geographic restriction, to the list of originating