CMS Finalizes Telehealth, ESRD, Star Ratings, Reinsurance Policies for 2021
Finalizing a series of policies just before the 2021 bid deadline, CMS on May 22 said it will address remaining proposals from its February proposed rule at a later date (RMA 2/20/20, p. 1).
CMS finalized a proposal to count telehealth providers in certain specialty areas (e.g., dermatology, psychiatry, cardiology, ophthalmology) toward meeting CMS network adequacy standards. The agency also lowered the required percentage of rural beneficiaries who must reside within the maximum time and distance standards from 90% to 85%.
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