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CCHP Releases New Telehealth Webinar Summary – A Report from the Fall 2022 State Telehealth Policy Webinar Series

In the fall of 2022, the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) held two webinars in its popular state telehealth policy series that focused on what the telehealth policy landscape may look like in a post-PHE environment.  Rather than focus on individual states’ policies as examples, the two webinars explored issues that have more of a regional or national impact.

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Updating Federal Regulations on SUD Patient Records

Last month, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed regulations to change current rules regarding the protection of patient records in federally run substance use disorders (SUD) programs.  Currently, these SUD rules differ from what is required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which has led to challenges in sharing information and obstacles to access services.  The primary section for modification is Part 2 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Part 2).

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Preparing for the End of the PHE: How Federal Telehealth Policy is Expected to Change in 2023

With the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) likely ending in 2023 it has become increasingly urgent for providers to start preparing themselves for its imminent termination.  The PHE was initially declared by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 31, 2020, and has been renewed every 90 days since.  The most recent renewal occurred October 13, 2022, ensuring the PHE would remain until at least January 11, 2023, however it is expected that the PHE will be renewed one more time until April 11, 2023.

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Telehealth & The First Year of the Pandemic – Looking at Six Federal Programs

A new report released last month by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) focused on the use of telehealth in programs from six federal agencies.  Titled Insights on Telehealth Use and Program Integrity Risks Across Selected Health Care Programs During the Pandemic, the PRAC’s Health Care Subgroup (Subgroup) focused on provision of telehealth services in the first year of the pandemic (March 2020 – February 2021) in the following six federal programs:

  1. Medicare
  2. TRICARE
  3. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
  4. Veterans Health Administration
  5. Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
  6. Federal Bureau of Prisons and US Marshals Services
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Congress’ Last Minute Holiday Gift to Telehealth: The Omnibus Budget for FY 2023 Has Passed!

Earlier today, Congress passed HR 2617, The Performance Enhancement Reform Act, the omnibus budget for FY 2023.  HR 2617 includes several provisions impacting telehealth, including extending some of the telehealth COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities.  In the budget bill passed for FY 2022, Congress had included a 151-day extension after the end of the public health emergency (PHE) for some COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities.  However, with the passage of HR 2617, these flexibilities will now last until December 31, 2024.