As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, more and more physiatrists are turning to telehealth as a key tool for caring for patients while maintaining social distancing. In light of the role of telehealth in the mitigation of COVID-19 exposure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has rolled out a series of waivers and policy updates which have removed barriers to telehealth provision.
This guide offers details on Medicare guidelines including a review of waivers, reimbursable codes, and CMS-recommended modifiers. Private payor policies with respect to telehealth during the public health emergency may vary. While many payors are looking to CMS for guidance in this space, we encourage members to contact their private payors and visit this AHIP resource for details on individual payor policies.
Additional guidance will be added regularly.
AAPM&R has also provided several webinars and demos related to telehealth that are available for free on the Online Learning Portal, including previously recorded webinars, slide lectures, and product demonstrations.