The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an advance release of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule changes for Calendar Year 2012. Included in this announcement are Medicare reimbursement changes for telehealth services.
CMS is expanding the list of services that can be furnished through telehealth to include smoking cessation services. In addition, CMS is changing the criteria for adding services to the telehealth reimbursement list to focus on the clinical benefit of making the service available through telehealth. This change will affect services proposed for the telehealth reimbursement list beginning in Calendar Year 2013.