Presenters at the IHT2 Health IT Summit in Fort Lauderdale discussed a number of business models in use to sustain the provision of telehealth services. As fee for service reimbursement, particularly outside of a rural heath area, continues to be challenging, alternative models are emerging.
In a case of two steps forward, three steps back, the recently proposed standards for ACOs include significant restrictions on the provision of reimbursable care via telemedicine. The ATA has sent a letter to CMS administrator Dr. Donald Berwick requesting that five specific proposed requirements be waived.
Provided by CMS as part of the Medicare Learning Network, this fact sheet is designed to provide education on services furnished to eligible Medicare beneficiaries via a telecommunications system including originating sites, distant site practitioners, telehealth services, billing and payment for professional services furnished via telehealth, and billing and payment for the originating site facility [...]
Effective January 1, 2011, CMS has added a number of telehealth services to those reimbursed by Medicare (in a rural HPSA or in a county outside of an MSA). Notably, subsequent hospital care services (codes 99231, 99232, 99233) are now payable (once every 3 days by admitting physician), and the originating site facility fee was [...]