In “Virtual care becomes a common cause in a divided Congress,” Faegre Drinker Consulting Director Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson commented on lawmakers deciding what Medicare will pay for since coverage policies are due to lapse once the health emergency ends, which could limit telehealth payments to rural providers and doctors with existing patient relationships.
According to POLITICO, Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) is looking to attach a Senate plan, S. 1512 (117), to a must-pass bill. If that falls through, lawmakers could opt for a temporary extension that buys time to collect more data on virtual care coming out of the pandemic.
“Congress will always ask for more data,” said Stevenson. “My fear is even if we do a two-year extension, they’re going to keep asking for more data.”