Executive Summary

On January 21, 2020, the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2, reached the United States. Since then, the coronavirus disease has spread throughout the United States. In response to COVID-19, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily increased access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123) and Medicare 1135 blanket waivers.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Medicare beneficiaries were only able to receive telehealth services if they were: enrolled . . .

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