Resources & Reports


CCHP’s End of Year Review: Right Back Where We Started

As 2023 begins to wind down, CCHP is looking back at the year to assess where things stand on the telehealth policy landscape.  The conclusion we have come to is: for federal policy at least, we’re pretty much right where we were at the beginning of the year.  This year was supposed to be the year of significant changes in telehealth policy because the federal public health emergency (PHE) had been set to end on May 11, 2023. However, looking back over the past year, we actually see that federally many of the temporary COVID-19 telehealth policy waivers still remain in effect. (On the state level it would depend on the state, but overall, state telehealth policy remained fairly stable as many states had decided in previous years what to do with their COVID-19 temporary policies). All this means is that 2024 will likely be the year where policymakers will be forced to make some tough decisions unless they decide they want to do another temporary extension.


Recent FCC Broadband Access & Digital Health Efforts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released updates regarding efforts to expand broadband access and address digital discrimination and disparities. In particular, the FCC announced $18 billion in funding to 368 companies as part of the Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (Enhanced A-CAM) program, which seeks to incentivize companies to improve access and quality of broadband services in rural areas. To receive funding, companies have to agree to provide broadband at specific speeds (at least 100/20 Mbps) to more than 700,000 locations.



Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Final Rule for the 2024 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The PFS contains policy changes for the Medicare program that will go into effect January 1, 2024 (unless otherwise stated). Many of the proposals in the Final Rule mirror what was proposed by CMS in July 2023, however, there were a few differences.  In this edition of CCHP’s In Focus we dive a bit deeper into a few of the of the final telehealth policies and release a new CY 2024 Final PFS factsheet that delves into each policy in more detail.

Fact Sheet

Final Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) CY 2024

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2024. The PFS are the policies that the agency will be implementing for Medicare beginning on January 1, 2024, unless otherwise noted. This is the typical vehicle utilized by CMS to make administrative changes to telehealth policy in the Medicare program.  This fact sheet reviews the telehealth related items that CMS has decided to finalize for CY 2024.


Breaking Down the Telehealth Elements of the Final Physician Fee Schedule, and More Policy Updates

CCHP’s November Newsletter is here! This month’s topics include –CMS Releases CY 2024 Physician Fee Schedule with New Telehealth Eligible Codes & Key Clarifications; Executive Order Targets AI Safeguards, Impacting Healthcare; HHS Considers Linking Cyber Security Requirements to Federal Program Payments; FDA Announces New Digital Health Technologies Advisory Committee; JAMA Study on Telemedicine Buprenorphine Initiation and Retention; Rural Telehealth Research Center Issues Data Measures for Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program; Aetna Coverage Issue; NTIA Urges FCC To Consider Stricter Policies to Prevent Digital Discrimination; RPM Guidance; and more state and federal policy updates.