CPA Advocacy Update April 1, 2020
MEDICARE EXPANDS ACCESS TO PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
APA yesterday announced CMS’s Further expansion of telehealth coverage for Medicare recipients, to include psychological and neuropsychological testing and group psychotherapy during the coronavirus emergency. This is a win for psychology!
Please note: The CMS announcement said this waiver allows new audio and video services (not audio-only phone). Both CPA and APA continue to strongly urge the expansion of Medicare coverage to include audio-only phone services.
For information about billing and coding for these newly covered telehealth services, please see Billing for Professional Telehealth Services During the Public Health Emergency. A list of all Medicare telehealth services can be found here.
CALIFORNIA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER SEEKS TO EXPAND TELEHEALTH ACCESS
Earlier this week, California’s Department of Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara, sent strong guidance to the Department of Insurance regulated health plans (covering approximately 2 million individuals) to expand telehealth coverage during the COVID-19 emergency. His directive specifically asked plans to do the following: