The Telehealth Modernization Act would amend the Social Security Act to make permanent some of the expansions of Medicare coverage for telehealth that were put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The bill would define "originating site" as any site at which the eligible telehealth patient is located at the time service is furnished through a telecommunications system, including the patient's home. It would also permit the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services to expand the types of practitioners who may furnish telehealth services, and to retain the expanded list of telehealth services permitted during the pandemic. The bill would also permit the use of telehealth to conduct face-to-face encounters for hospice care, and for clinical assessments for home dialysis.
H.R. 1332 was introduced on February 26, 2021 by Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA-1) and has 129 cosponsors. S. 368 was introduced on February 23, 2021 by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and has 18 cosponsors.