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APMA Supports DOD Expansion of Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage

May 26, 2020

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APMA submitted comments on May 25 in support of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Interim Final Rule: TRICARE Coverage and Payment for Certain Services in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. APMA supported the two major changes the DOD finalized:

  • permitting TRICARE coverage of medically necessary and appropriate audio-only telephone services when in-person treatment is not required across all geographic areas where beneficiaries reside; and
  • relaxing current TRICARE telehealth regulations which require that the provider be licensed in the state where practicing and in the state where the beneficiary resides.

APMA also recommended making these changes permanent after the COVID-19 pandemic has been resolved. To read this letter and all comment letters related to APMA’s advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the APMA Advocacy during COVID-19 webpage. To read all of APMA’s comment letters, visit www.apma.org/commentletters.

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