CMS Considers Expanding Medicare Payments for Telehealth Services


CMS has proposed a policy change that would expand payments for telehealth services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014, Modern Physician reports.

Details of the Proposal

The proposed change would affect locations identified as rural "health professional shortage areas."

Specifically, CMS plans to change the definition of "rural" to avoid disruptions in services if a location's geographic designation changes.

The agency said it also is seeking evidence to "demonstrate the service furnished by telehealth to a Medicare beneficiary improves the diagnosis or treatment of an illness or injury" or boosts patient function.

The rule will be published in the Federal Register on July 19, and comments will be accepted until Sept. 6. The final rule will be published around Nov. 1 (Robeznieks, Modern Physician, 7/9).

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