Before a pandemic forced the rapid adoption of telehealth in the U.S., the Trump administration had already implemented or was taking steps to support the use of telehealth in the Medicare Advantage program. But one remaining barrier for plan adoption of telehealth was the inability to collect diagnosis codes for risk adjustment purposes. CMS temporarily addressed this issue during the pandemic, but as providers anticipate telehealth to play a more permanent role in health care delivery, they are joining with plans to advocate for a permanent shift in MA telehealth policy.
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