Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Report Sets Telehealth Recommendations

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released a report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP and one section focuses on telehealth in Medicaid. In 2017, nearly all states and the District of Columbia provided some coverage of telehealth in fee-for-service Medicaid. States have flexibility in defining telehealth and setting coverage limitations, since there are few federal requirements; as a result, these programs vary widely between states. 

Through its analyses, MACPAC recommends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) be more active in bolstering research on the effects of telehealth in Medicaid, in order to assist government agencies’ understanding of the effects of telehealth on access to and quality of care for Medicaid beneficiaries. MACPAC also recommends that CMS facilitate state-to-state learning on telehealth program best practices.

HIMSS engages with state and local government officials and HIMSS Chapter Advocates and supports evidence-based telehealth programs, particularly to improve access to care and resources for physicians and patients in rural communities.