U.S. House Passes Telehealth Expansion Legislation

By Policy and Advocacy Brief posted 08-02-2022 13:51


On July 27, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 416-12 to pass H.R. 4040, the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID–19 Act of 2022. The bill would ensure telehealth flexibilities available during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency continue until at least December 31, 2024. It will continue Medicare flexibility around geographic requirements and originating sites, will allow additional practitioners to provide telehealth services, extend payment for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, allow audio-only telehealth services to continue, and allow recertification of eligibility for hospice care. H.R. 4040 now moves to the Senate for further deliberation. As you know, telehealth expansion was a congressional “ask” during the 2022 Annual Urology Advocacy Summit and remains an important issue as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The AUA will continue to advocate in support of telehealth expansion, including audio-only services, as the measure progresses through Congress.