Medicare Expands Service Areas for Telemedicine

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.

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Comments (1)
This is good news and real progress. Kudos to those who worked to make this happen.

Though grateful and this reimbursement is a big step in the right direction, my criticism is that if you focus on the patient, the distinction between rural and metro are insignificant. Is it any less difficult for a person to travel to a follow-up or routine chronic care appointment in one setting versus another? It is a major and costly undertaking to make that doctor visit.

The criteria for telemedicine reimbursement should focus on outcomes (like compliance with care plans), and avoidance of hospitalization or re-admission versus physical distance. After all, the world is becoming digital

Still, we are making progress.
Posted by Michael V | Friday, December 06 2013 at 9:01AM ET
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