CMS Guidance for Telehealth Mental Health Outpatient Visits

Published: 05/17/2022

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Behavioral Health - Outpatient,
  • Medical Office,
  • Community Mental Health Centers,
  • Ambulatory Care,
  • Rural Health Clinics

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has specific guidelines for outpatient mental health visits that are delivered via telehealth.  According to the MLN Booklet on Medicare Mental Health, regulations at 42 CFR 405.2463(b)(3) outline the following requirements for telehealth outpatient mental health visits:

  • There must be an in-person visit within 6 months before furnishing telehealth mental health services.
  • Following the initial in-person visit, there must be a subse

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