Laura Groshong, LICSW, CSWA Director of Policy and Practice
Good news from CMS! CMS announced on November 2, 2021, the first group of many rules regarding the Physician Fee Schedule, which CSWA, and many of you, GWSCSW members, commented on in August. Our voices made a difference. CMS will extend coverage of telemental health and audio-only psychotherapy until the end of 2023.
CMS also changed the requirement that patients be seen in person from every six months to every 12 months starting in January of 2022. CSWA will continue to get this restrictive and unnecessary rule eliminated.
The announcement from CMS on rules for telemental health raised some questions which I will answer below:
Thanks to everyone who participated in this effort. Let me know if you have questions.
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