The Issue.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow providers to bill for certain virtual interactions with patients that fall outside traditional telehealth services for the first time. Three new “virtual care” codes were included as part of the 2019 physician fee schedule. Providers can bill for these services beginning on January 1, 2019.

Why It’s Important.

Traditional telehealth services have strict requirements that must be met in order to bill Medicare and Medicaid. The new virtual care codes are what many hope will be the start of relaxing requirements towards virtual care. Providers can bill for patient telephone conversations and review of patient images and videos for the first time and be reimbursed.

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