As COVID-19 continues to be an ongoing public health issue, practices have decided to adopt and implement telemedicine to reach their patients and continue to give them the care they need. Considering this, Medical Mutual has temporarily suspended the underwriting rule that initial patient interactions need to be face-to-face. Insureds can now see both new and established patients via telemedicine services. As always, we recommend documenting these visits contemporaneously. To summarize, here are some key pieces of information regarding telemedicine:
Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) has
recently waived rules not limited to visits related to COVID-19. Effectively, it allows for the use of services like FaceTime and
Skype for visits.
- Many health insurance carriers are waiving out-of-pocket costs for telehealth visits. It would be best to consult the individual carriers you contract with to see what their respective parameters are.
- MedChi, has provided a quick guide on Medicare Telehealth Coding/Billing Guidelines.
- As noted above, Medical Mutual has changed its underwriting rule concerning telemedicine.
- To read the article "Telemedicine: Welcome to The Future" by Rachel E. Brown and John T. Sly of Waranch & Brown, click here.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) Telemedicine Fact Sheet
- If you wish to incorporate telemedicine in your practice, we recommend using one of the following telemedicine consent forms as a template for your practice. Please note, these are examples and they should be tailored to fit your practice needs. Please see below: