CHA News Article

Changes Proposed to Medicare Advantage Telehealth Services, Star Ratings System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the attached proposed rule updating the Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs for contract year 2020. Specifically, CMS proposes changes to implement certain provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that expand telehealth services for MA beneficiaries beyond what is available under traditional Medicare. The rule also proposes updates to the MA and Part D Quality Star Rating System, as well as to certain program integrity provisions. Additional information is available in a CMS fact sheet. Comments on the proposed rule are due Dec. 31.