Congressional action is needed for telehealth not to return to a rural benefit, Seema Verma says

A final rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adds more than 60 services to the Medicare telehealth list that will continue to be covered beyond the end of the public health emergency.

But legislation is needed to make telehealth permanent beyond the pandemic in areas other than rural regions where virtual care is already allowed, and to continue telehealth in the home, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

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