• Telehealth Billing Compliance: Medicare Says Goodbye to the GT Modifier

    Telehealth Billing Compliance: Medicare Says Goodbye to the GT Modifier

    • March 12, 2018

    For over a decade, Medicare has required providers to append special modifiers to their CPT and HCPCS codes when billing for telehealth services. The two primary modifiers for telehealth services were GT (indicating the service was delivered via an interactive audio and video telecommunications system) and GQ (indicating the service was delivered via an asynchronous

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  • Congress Proposes Change to Ryan Haight Act to Allow Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

    Congress Proposes Change to Ryan Haight Act to Allow Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

    • March 5, 2018

    It seems the efforts of telemedicine advocates to change federal law and allow greater prescribing of controlled substances are no longer falling on deaf ears. Congress just released a pair of draft discussion bills to amend the federal Ryan Haight Act. The “Improving Access to Remote Behavioral Health Treatment Act” would allow certain community mental

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  • Telemedicine Credentialing by Proxy: What Hospitals and Telehealth Companies Need to Know

    Telemedicine Credentialing by Proxy: What Hospitals and Telehealth Companies Need to Know

    • March 4, 2018

    Hospital-based telemedicine services continue to rapidly expand across the country, allowing providers to deliver care to rural areas and better allocate the staffing and availability of specialist physicians such as neurologists and emergency medicine.  However, despite the uptick in telemedicine services at hospitals, many medical staff offices still use the traditional “primary source verification” process

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  • Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

    Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

    • March 4, 2018

    The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018.  But telehealth providers, hospitals, and entrepreneurs need to cut through the hype and understand what the provisions will really do for telehealth.  This

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  • Ten Things To Know About Maryland’s Proposed Telehealth Rules

    Ten Things To Know About Maryland’s Proposed Telehealth Rules

    • March 4, 2018

    The Maryland Board of Physicians evaluated, then tabled for further consideration, a set of new telehealth rules designed to expand the opportunities for hospitals and providers to deliver virtual care services in Baltimore and throughout the State.  The Board held a public hearing on January 24, 2018 to review proposed telehealth rules originally issued late

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  • Medicare’s New Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement: What Providers Need to Know

    Medicare’s New Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement: What Providers Need to Know

    • March 4, 2018

    The new year continues to offer big opportunities for telemedicine and digital health companies, and one of the most notable developments is CMS’ decision to reimburse providers for remote patient monitoring (RPM).  Effective January 1, 2018, the Medicare program will pay providers for RPM services billed under CPT code 99091.  The service is currently defined

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