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CMS Paying for Telemonitoring? Could Be Coming Soon...
July 13, 2018
By Tim Mullaney | July 12, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services and to make it easier for physicians to provide care through in-person home visits.
The policy changes were floated in a proposed rule issued Thursday, regarding payment policies, rates and quality provisions for services provided under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after Jan. 1, 2019.
Two payment provisions related to communication technologies would expand the ability of physicians to connect remotely with patients in their homes.
Under one proposal, practitioners would be paid for checking in with a Medicare beneficiary over the phone or through another telecommunication device, to determine whether an office visit is needed. CMS is also proposing to pay practitioners for reviewing photos or videos transmitted by a patient, to determine whether an office visit is required.