Proposal Expands Telehealth Services

July 13, 2018, 8:32 AM HST
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new proposal on how to pay Medicare clinicians. This new proposed fee schedule would allow clinicians to be paid for telehealth services, implementing key provisions from US Senator Brian Schatz’s CONNECT for Health Act.

Sen. Schatz of Hawai‘i said the proposal would expand health care access and virtual care visits.

“I’m pleased that Medicare is catching up to the future of health care by implementing the key telehealth provisions passed in last year’s budget deal and expanding patients’ access to virtual care visits,” said Senator Schatz. “By moving past outdated red tape to embrace new technology, Medicare will help more people stay healthy, lower costs, and make the health care system more convenient for both patients and clinicians.”

The new proposal would also allow clinicians to be paid for virtual care visits and for examining photos and videos submitted by patients online.

The proposal also covers payments for telestroke and telehealth services for home dialysis.

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