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Telehealth Medicare CI services likely to continue past original July deadline

Thursday, June 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Houk
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ACI Alliance supported approval of CI services for audiologists and SLPs under telehealth. Click here to read the full letter.  It appears that CMS is set to continue those services, perhaps indefinitely. 

'I can't imagine going back': Medicare leader calls for expanded telehealth access after Covid-19

“I can’t imagine going back. People recognize the value of this, so it seems like it would not be a good thing to force our beneficiaries to go back to in-person visits," @SeemaCMS told STAT. Read the full story

But Verma was adamant in an interview that the increase in telemedicine visits has significantly improved access to care. She said weekly telemedicine visits jumped to more than 1 million a week, compared to about 12,000 before coronavirus began to spread in the U.S. in March.

“It’s made a big contribution in saving lives because it didn’t require our Medicare beneficiaries to leave their home,” she said. “It’s been an incredible response.”

Click here to read more of our updates and initiatives on COVID-19.

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.