Medicare Adds Speech, Oral Therapy to Telehealth Services

Medicare Adds Speech, Oral Therapy to Telehealth Services

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Medicare Adds Speech, Oral Therapy to Telehealth Services

Speech and oral therapy were added to covered services available by telemedicine for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which Medicare previously recognized only as in-person visits, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicare will now reimburse — at least through December 2021 — evaluations and treatments given by telemedicine that include those for swallowing and other oral problems related to eating, a one-hour evaluation for speech-generating devices, and therapeutics services like programing and modifying those communication…

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