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New Medicare Rule Saves $3.65 Billion, Expands Telemedicine

May 22, 2020, 2:20 PM

A new rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should increase access to telehealth services, provide more coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries with kidney failure, and offer wider benefits for others with chronic diseases.

The wide ranging rule released Friday is expected to save an estimated $3.65 billion over ten years, the agency said.

The rule encourages private plans that cover Medicare beneficiaries to increase telehealth offerings for those living in rural areas. It also allows patients with end-stage renal disease to access coverage through those Medicare Advantage plans.

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