Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed that Medicare Advantage insurers be reimbursed for additional telehealth services, beginning in plan year 2019. The proposed change would allow insurers to be reimbursed for visits when they client is seen virtually in their own home; prior telehealth reimbursement guidelines required patients to be at healthcare facilities when they were seen virtually.
This change would remove the reimbursement restriction based on site origination. This is important - it is far more convenient for patients to be able to be seen from the privacy and comfort of their own homes and providers should be compensated for providing this type of care.
Link to article in Healthcare Finance: https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/telehealth-home-be-added-medicare-advantage-plans-benefits-under-new-rule
Helen Nichols, PhD, MSW