Telehealth services got a boost when CMS recently finalized policies giving Medicare Advantage (MA) plans the flexibility and financial incentive to include “additional telehealth benefits” in their core benefit packages — going beyond what is currently available to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries. MA plans may employ this new, expanded approach to telehealth starting Jan. 1 if they have the time and inclination to factor it into their 2020 bids, which are due to CMS by June 3.
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