COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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Are there any limitations that can be placed on the types of inpatient services that can be delivered via telehealth?

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Telehealth services are not limited by specialty. It is the role of the medical staff, in consultation with specific departments, to determine if services are appropriate to be delivered via the telehealth modality. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several temporary waivers and new rules to allow health care providers maximum flexibilities to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, physicians and medical staffs should be aware of the unique standard of care issues that telehealth activities could present. Further, health care providers must still comply with state telehealth laws and regulations, including professional licensure, scope of practice, as well as other payment requirements and considerations.

For more information on the expanded telehealth flexibilities during the COVID-19 crisis, see CMA’s COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit for Medical Practices.

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