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Data Snapshot: Review of Beneficiaries Relationships With Providers for Telehealth Services

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded access to telehealth for a wide range of services. This expansion enhanced the ability of health care providers to offer care to Medicare beneficiaries remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the expansion, HHS used its enforcement discretion to relax the requirement that a beneficiary must have an established relationship with a provider to receive certain telehealth services. This data snapshot will describe the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries had established relationships with providers from whom they received telehealth services. We will also look for any differences in these relationships between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage and among the different types of telehealth services.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
August 2021 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Data Snapshot: Review of Beneficiaries Relationships With Providers for Telehealth Services Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-02-20-00521 2022