April 15, 2020

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Expansion of Telehealth for Opioid Use Disorder in the CY 2020 Medical Fee Schedule Final Rule

By Christine L. Noller, JD, LLM, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

Introduction and Background

The calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule with comment was published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2019.1 This proposed rule updated payment policies, payment rates and other provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). It added services to the telehealth list and included a proposal to implement Section 2005 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act),2 creating a new Medicare Part B benefit for Opioid Treatment Programs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accepted comments through September 27, 2019.

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