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November 12, 2021

CMS Releases Final Rule for CY 2022 Aimed at Boosting Telehealth and Vaccines

On November 2, CMS released its final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2022. The Final Rule aims to improve health equity and  increase reimbursement rates for vaccine administration, among other initiatives. A number of changes will impact telehealth, including eliminating geographic barriers when it comes to utilizing telehealth for behavioral health, allowing patients to use telehealth in their homes as opposed to just a qualifying healthcare site for diagnosis, promoting telehealth for evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders, and permitting audio-only phone communication for mental health visits.