The American Telemedicine Association is applauding a decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand rural coverage of telemedicine services, which CMS calls telehealth, reimbursable by Medicare.

CMS in a final rule setting the physician and clinical laboratory fee schedules for CY 2014 modifies its definition of Health Professional Shortage Areas to “allow for the appropriate inclusion of additional HPSAs as areas for telehealth originating sites,” according to the final rule, with comment period, available here and being published on Dec. 10.

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