Telehealth services should be expanded to cover annual wellness visits, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis

July 4, 2014 4:13 AM

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Telehealth services should be expanded to cover annual wellness visits, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis

Startups and estab;ished companies in the telehealth space will be excited to hear that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid has proposed expanding telehealth benefits for Medicare recipients, according to an update of the physician fee schedule for 2015 published online the eve of the holiday weekend. The proposal would add annual wellness visits, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and prolonged evaluation and management services to telehealth sevices reimbursed by CMS.

Telehealth, as CMS defines it, includes communication through multimedia equipment “that includes at a minimum, audio and video equipment permitting two-way, real-time interactive communication between the patient and distant site physician or practitioner.” It doesn’t include email, telephone or fa...

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