New & Expanded Flexibilities for RHCs & FQHCs during the COVID-19 PHE - Revised

MLN Matters Number: SE20016 Revised
Article Release Date: November 22, 2022

Note: CMS revised this article to add the 2023 payment rate for distant site telehealth services. You’ll find substantive content updates in dark red (pages 2, 3, 5, and 6). All other information is the same.

To provide as much support as possible to you and your patients during the COVID-19 PHE, both Congress and CMS have made several changes to Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) requirements and payments. These changes are for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE. CMS made other discretionary changes as necessary to make sure that your patients have access to the services they need during the pandemic. For more information, view the COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing.

View the complete CMS Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Special Edition (SE)20016.

Last Updated Nov 30 , 2022