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COVID-19 Telehealth Policies Wind-down Timeline

Updated 10/21/2023

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the draft 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently DEA and HHS announced the second temporary extension of flexibilities around telemedicine prescribing of controlled substances until December 31, 2024.

This page will be further updated with new information once Medicare telehealth coverage policies for 2024 are finalized in late 2023.

May 11, 2023

  • Last day of the PHE

May 12, 2023

  • Remote pt. monitoring restricted to established patients
  • Licensed in any/every state to provide care (Medicare)
  • PHP reverts to only being allowed in hospital or CMHC

August 9, 2023

(90 Days after end of PHE)

  • Enforcement of HIPAA-compliant telecommunications technology resumes

January 1, 2025

  • Telemedicine controlled substances prescribing flexibilities expire
  • Some in-person requirements resume for Medicare
  • New CPT codes for telehealth may go into place pending Medicare review


  • Audio-only provision of mental health services in Medicare
  • The patient’s home as an acceptable originating site in Medicare
  • General supervision for behavioral health clinicians and virtual general supervision in Medicare

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