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Many NARA members have been able to utilize telehealth to meet the needs of patients during the pandemic. However, once the pandemic ends, therapists will no longer be able to receive reimbursement for services via telehealth for Medicare Beneficiaries.  There are 2 barriers for therapy providers right now: not eligible providers and CPT codes are not categorized for telehealth permanently. In non-pandemic times, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are not classified by legislation as an eligible provider of telehealth. Therapists must be made eligible via legislative action - CMS does not have the authority to do this. Second, the CPT codes are not approved in Category 1 or Category 2 of eligible CPT codes for telehealth.  During the pandemic, waivers made a majority of the therapy CPT codes available for use in telehealth services via a temporary Category 3.  The CY2022 PFS Final Rule, extended use of the Category 3 codes through the end of CY2023; however, the fact that therapists are not statutorily eligible will prevent therapists from receiving reimbursement effective at the end of the PHE.  This bill, is the companion bill to H.R. 2168 and would make therapists eligible providers of telehealth. 
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