New and Expanded Flexibilities for RHCs and FQHCs during the COVID-19 PHE

Published 01/21/2022

To provide as much support as possible to RHCs and FQHCs and their patients during the COVID-19 PHE, both Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made several changes to the RHC and FQHC requirements and payments. These changes are for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE, and CMS will make additional discretionary changes as necessary to assure that RHC and FQHC patients have access to the services they need during the pandemic. For additional information, please see the RHC/FQHC COVID-19 FAQs on the CMS website (PDF).

CMS revised this article to add the 2022 payment rate for distant site telehealth services and information on RHC payment limits. You’ll find substantive content updates in dark red font (see pages 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7). All other information is the same.