Last week I posted a press release from the ATA about expanded Medicare coverage for Telemedicine. Well, I decided to actually read the 1200 page rulemaking from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). You can guess why it’s taken a week to write a follow up article…
Actually, no. I didn’t read the entire rulemaking, only the pages relevant to all things “tele” in medicine and healthcare. In doing so, I was reminded of something interesting:
There are a number of procedures already covered by Medicare without specific telemedicine codes. In fact, of the seven bullet points listing the 22 codes rejected or deleted from inclusion, five noted the affected codes were largely unnecessary due to either an existing telehealth code or because Medicare does not distinguish whether the procedure is tele or not.
Here are a few examples:
Regarding electrocardiograms and echocardiograms: “By definition, Read more