(Recorded Webinar) Medicare and Medicaid Changes for FQHCs in Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (CAA 2023), signed into law by President Biden on December 29, 2022, contains several significant Medicare changes for Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that will either remove longstanding coverage restrictions or further extend flexibilities that were introduced during the COVID-19 public health emergency. These are welcome changes that will enable health centers to provide more comprehensive mental health services and technology-based services to Medicare beneficiaries. You can read more about CAA 2023 in our recent Client Alert here.
In this webinar, Susannah Vance Gopalan will review the Medicare changes for FQHCs in CAA 2023, focusing on
- The addition of mental health counselors’ services and marriage and family therapists’ services to the Medicare “FQHC services” benefit (effective January 1, 2024)
- The extension of FQHCs’ status as Medicare distant site telehealth providers to December 31, 2024 (as well as other Medicare telehealth extensions)
- The creation of a new Medicare mental health benefit, “intensive outpatient services,” which FQHCs and RHCs will be eligible to provide (effective January 1, 2024)
The changes will also help to reduce the discrepancies between Medicare’s coverage of mental health and telehealth services in FQHCs with some State Medicaid programs’ broader coverage in these areas.
- Clinical managers
- Billing, revenue cycle, and finance managers
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Understand how health centers can expand their mental health service offering for Medicare beneficiaries, effective in 2024
- Describe how the Medicaid program, and services to dual eligible beneficiaries, will be impacted by the Medicare changes in CAA 2023
- Identify authorities (and billing mechanics and rates) for providing telehealth and telecommunications-based services in Medicare
SUSANNAH VANCE GOPALAN
Susannah is a Partner in the firm’s health law practice group where she focuses on health care litigation and regulatory counseling, with a focus on Medicaid and Medicare payment, financing, and compliance issues. Susannah brings regulatory expertise to bear when advising clients and pursuing litigation on their behalf. She has experience negotiating Medicaid waivers and managed care arrangements on behalf of providers, provider associations, and governmental entities. She represented a group of providers in reaching a settlement in major Medicaid litigation. [Full Bio]
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