Resources & Reports


Federal Telehealth Update: Bill to Extend PHE Policies, New Rules for REHs, & Nondiscrimination Guidance

CCHP’s August Newsletter is Here! This month’s topics include – Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022 – HR 4040 (Rep. Cheney R-WY); New Rules take Shape for CMS’ Newest Entity, Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs); Federal Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth; Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of FCC’s Universal Service Fund; Latest Policy Developments in CCHP’s Telehealth Policy Finder and Policy Trends Map; Federal Public Health Emergency Extended; In case you missed it:  2023 PFS Proposed Rule Factsheet; Multiple Federal Bills on Telehealth Abortion Allowance; AJMC Study Finds Patients Benefit from Telemedicine with Rheumatic Disease. 


OIG Fraud Alert Focuses on Purported Telemedicine Company Practices, Cautions Practitioners

Citing a significant increase in fraud schemes, on July 20th the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a special fraud alert to warn providers of questionable telemedicine company practices. The alert outlines that the fraud schemes being referenced revolve around inappropriate orders or prescriptions for medically unnecessary items such as durable medical equipment (DME) and genetic testing.


Proposed 2023 Physician Fee Schedule….looking ahead!

On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) released the unpublished version of the proposals for the CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). CMS uses this process to make administrative updates to Medicare’s policy related to telehealth.  This year, the telehealth proposals focused primarily on what services will be covered by the program and what will happen immediately following the end of the public health emergency (PHE), including during the 151-day grace period included in the 2022 Budget Act.