AUA Sends Urologist Telehealth Priorities to MedPAC

By Policy and Advocacy Brief posted 02-28-2021 13:50


On February 23, the AUA sent a letter to Dr. Matthews, Executive Director for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), with recommendations on telehealth policy following the public health emergency (PHE). In the letter, the AUA suggests retaining current waivers for originating site requirements, retaining audio-only telehealth visits, establishing payment parity for in-person and telehealth visits, and maintaining maximum overall flexibility in the delivery of telehealth services. The letter notes the success of telehealth services and telehealth delivery during the PHE prove telehealth is a workable and viable tool for the future of medicine.


The AUA wrote the letter in response to previous MedPAC meetings in which members of the committee discussed policies that would reduce the use and effectiveness of telehealth post-PHE. MedPAC recommendations are sometimes used by Congress or regulatory agencies to develop legislation or agency regulation.


The letter is attached.