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Telehealth Services in Select Federal Health Care Programs

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telehealth has been critically important. Telehealth has helped ensure access to care while reducing the risk of community spread of the virus. As the effects of the pandemic are still being felt throughout the Nation, there are questions about how telehealth can best be used to meet the needs of beneficiaries in the future. HHS-OIG will work with the other OIG members in and leadership of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) to produce a report describing the types of telehealth services that are available, including those that were expanded during the pandemic, and key program integrity risks associated with the use of telehealth across six selected Federal health care programs. Medicare is the HHS program included in this evaluation. HHS-OIG will conduct this evaluation with OIGs from the departments of Defense, Justice, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Personnel Management. PRAC will issue the resulting report. It will provide policymakers and stakeholders with foundational information about the nature of telehealth across select Federal health care programs and related program integrity risks in order to inform the use of telehealth in the future.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
December 2021 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Telehealth Services in Select Federal Health Care Programs Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-02-22-00150 2023