Expanded telehealth coverage proposed by CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed an update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for the 2015 calendar year. Under the proposal, annual wellness visits and psychotherapy, as well as psychoanalysis and “prolonged evaluation and management services,” would be covered as Category 1 services. Such services, according to CMS, are defined as “similar to professional consultations, office visits and office psychiatry services” currently covered by the agency.
“Although we expect these changes to increase access to care in rural areas, based on recent utilization of similar services already on the telehealth list, we estimate no significant impact on PFS expenditures from the proposed additions,” CMS says.
Additionally, CMS proposes changes to the ambulance fee schedule regulations, the Physician Compare Website, the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Value-Based Payment Modifier and the Physician Feedback Program.
“This is a positive move by CMS,” says Trinity Video Communications CEO Barry Sawayer. “For this population and the services involved, telehealth makes sense. I’m pleased with CMS’s willingness to be pro-active and make the changes needed to drive increased use of telehealth,” says Sawayer.
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