American Telemedicine Association (ATA) asks Medicare to pay for telehealth services given by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.

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In a letter sent to Dr. Donald M. Berwick Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the American Telemedicine Association wants Medicare to waive the restrictions on telehealth payments so that telehealth services http://bit.ly/iC4pwm . This will mean that tele-medicine and telerehabilitation can be treated like any other form of care. As Administrator, Dr. Berwick oversees the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Together, these programs provide care to nearly one in three Americans.
An important change will be the removal of Medicare restrictions on paying physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists for telehealth services. The ATA contends that lifting this and the location-based prohibition would open up home-based telerehabilitation, which the group called “an important service for beneficiaries from whom going to therapy is a major barrier.”
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