The recently released 2020 CMS Telemedicine Policy Final Rule’s changes just went into effect on January 1. Topping the list of improvements are new HCPCS codes, greater flexibility with telehealth location, and more telehealth benefit options. Count Home as Originating Site and 2 Other Sweeping 2020 CMS Telemedicine Changes This major final rule revises payment […]
Obtaining Medicare reimbursements for telehealth services isn’t always easy — especially considering CMS telehealth originating site rule restrictions. While telehealth coverage is on the rise, a recent Harris Poll study shows practice adoption has not kept up with patient demand for convenience and better population health care for chronic conditions. CMS recently has agreed to […]
CMS won’t release the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule until later this fall, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to shore up your reimbursement for coding remote patient monitoring based on the proposed rule. Released in July, the proposed rule contains important clues about what you can expect next year. And even […]
Several months ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated Medicare telemedicine policy for Medicare, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The new changes in the CMS’ finalized Calendar Year 2019 Physician Fee Schedule for Medicare telemedicine policy are brought with the goal of streamlining the healthcare system, and […]
You know what a pain HIPAA compliance is for your office. Well, significantly magnify that pain, and that’s telemedicine HIPAA compliance – unless you know what to look for...
Your practice is responsible for protecting your patients’ ePHI at both the origination site and the distant site. You must ensure that both locations have appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards in place as outlined in the HIPAA Security Rule...
Whether you’re on the fence about implementing telehealth services or trying to make the case to other decision makers, proving the return on investment can be...
What does Medicare consider an originating site for Telemedicine services? Medicare (CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services]) has some guidance to help you identify what might qualify as an originating site. You will need to verify with your other payers if you are dealing with someone other than Medicare. The Medicare originating site locations […]
In 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added even more services to its approved telemedicine list, and you can be sure that the agency will continue this trend in coming years. That’s great news for both your potential patients and your practice. But the coding is hardly straightforward, and you have […]
If you’ve opened your CPT® 2017 manual, you’ve noticed there’s a new symbol in front of some of the codes — a star. But what does this mean, and how does it affect your coding and reimbursement? The big news is that Medicare is paying for more of these services in 2017 — if you […]