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Changes in Telehealth: New CPT Codes, Federal RFI, Petition to the FCC & Private Sector Research

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New Telehealth CPT Codes from AMA

Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) released 335 updates to the CPT codes they use to denote medical and diagnostic services for providers, labs and payers.  The new codes could start to be used beginning Jan. 1, 2019.  Among the changes is the creation of three new remote patient monitoring codes and two interprofessional internet consultation codes.  Medicare currently reimburses for remote patient monitoring code 99091, but has acknowledged that the code is inadequate in defining the full range of remote patient monitoring (RPM) activities and indicated in the CY 2018 finalized physician fee schedule that they would be looking at new codes created by the AMA to guide their reimbursement of RPM moving forward.  In the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Medicare proposes using CPT codes 990X0, 990X1 and 994X9 to denote different aspects of remote physiologic monitoring.  Additionally, they also proposed to utilize codes 99446-99449, 994X0 and 994X6 for interprofessional internet consultations.  It is unclear if any of these codes match the newly created AMA codes, but even if they do not CMS still has time to alter the codes when finalizing their CY 2019 PFS.  AMA’s President Barbara McAneny, MD stated that:
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Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

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Article Author: Erick Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence, July 9th, 2018

 – Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations.

Following a public comment period, the board enacted new guidelines in June that clarify language in the state’s Medical Practice Act, which sets practice standards for virtual care.

The guidelines touch upon two hot-button issues in telemedicine policy: the use of connected care technology to establish a valid physician-patient relationship, and incorporating telemedicine into new substance abuse programs to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic.

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