March 19, 2020

Medicare Expands Reimbursement Strategies for Telehealth Services

CMS has announced that Medicare beneficiaries can now receive various services through telehealth services. CMS made the change to prevent elderly citizens from unnecessarily entering a health care facility when their needs can be met remotely.  The telehealth benefit is being expanded on a temporary and emergency basis under a Section 1135 waiver and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.  Beginning March 6, Medicare began covering expenses for healthcare services delivered via telehealth. To qualify, the telecommunications system must meet one of the three categories: 1) permit real-time communication between the distant site and the patient; 2) utilize and use a virtual check-in where they have a brief technology-based communication with their existing doctors and avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor's office; or 3) incorporate an “E-Visit”, non-face-to-face interaction via a portal, with an existing provider. 

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