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CMS relaxes telehealth geographic limitations for certain ACOs

The CMS released new guidelines last month that would loosen geographic telehealth restrictions for Medicare accountable care organizations participating in two-sided financial risk models and who have selected prospective payments. According to the rule's fact sheet, applicable ACOs will be allowed to offer and collect "payment for covered telehealth services to prospectively assigned beneficiaries without geographic restriction, including, for many services, where the originating site is ... and in beneficiary's home" starting this year.

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