Proposed CMS Rule Expands Telehealth Payments, Domain

Published Online: July 08, 2014
Wellness and behavioral health visits are among a few telehealth coverage expansions the CMS wants to add to the list of Medicare-reimbursable telehealth activities under a proposal released Thursday.

Providers also would be paid for telehealth services in rural areas nearer big cities under a geographical expansion in the proposed rule.

Rule writers are also attempting to further harmonize reporting requirements under the Medicare physician quality reporting program and similar “meaningful-use” requirements for clinical quality reporting under the federal EHR incentive payment program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Source: Modern Healthcare