Does CMS Need to Improve Telehealth Reimbursement Code?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Source: mHealth News

There's more evidence that CMS' attempt to reimburse for telehealth isn't hitting its mark. A recent survey finds that almost 70 percent of physicians don't understand how to use the proper CPT code and less than 20 percent are using it.

Launched at the beginning of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services enabled physicians to be reimbursed at an average rate of $42 per patient per month for non-face-to-face chronic care management (CCM) services. CPT Code 99490 was seen as a step in the right direction to prompt physicians to use telehealth and mobile tools to connect with their chronic care patients outside of normal office visits and develop a continuing care plan.

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