New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was
signed into law. Section 3704 of the CARES Act authorizes RHCs and FQHCs to furnish distant
site telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 PHE. Medicare
telehealth services generally require an interactive audio and video telecommunications system
that permits real-time communication between the practitioner and the patient. RHCs and
FQHCs with this capability can immediately provide and be paid for telehealth services to
patients covered by Medicare for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE.

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