CMS Telehealth Coding Presents New Challenges

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As our recent article on Telehealth indicated, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officially expanded its payment protocol to cover Medicare telehealth services in March of 2020. This meant that providers had greater flexibility in providing treatment and visits, with Medicare covering treatments that they previously would not have.

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CMS Increases List of Payable Medicare Telemedicine Services


Adapting to the influx of telehealth services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, CMS has adjusted the โ€œList of services payable under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule when furnished via telehealthโ€ in order to provide as much support and care as possible (2020). In addition, CMS issued updated criteria for risk adjustment of Medicare telemedicine services, as well as guidelines on how to bill for telemedicine.

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