HHS Declines to Implement Rural Telehealth Payment Model Recommended by PTAC

May 19, 2020


The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) to review and assess physician-focused payment models (PFPMs) based on stakeholder proposals submitted to the committee. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required to review the comments and recommendations submitted by the PTAC and post a detailed response to these recommendations.

The Secretary posted comments on a recommended PTAC proposal: ACCESS Telemedicine: An Alternative Healthcare Delivery Model for Rural Cerebral Emergencies. The Secretary did not recommend the implementation of this telemedicine model, but did, however, recommend concepts in the proposed model be implemented into current payment and delivery models involving rural health.

The McDermottPlus PTAC Proposal Tracker is available here.



For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Sheila Madhani at 202-204-1459 or

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