Managed Care Contracting & Reimbursement Advisor Article: CMS Might Pay for Telehealth, Chronic Care Without Visit

It might be a move in the right direction, or it could be a significant change in how the physician fee schedule encourages certain types of care—we won’t know until later—but right now it’s encouraging that CMS is considering paying primary care physicians for chronic care management services without an in-person visit, and also for telehealth services. “I think primary care physicians are going to see a tsunami of patients wanting care and newly insured in 2014, and this is one of the easier ways to expand capacity,” said Tom Doerr, MD. “You don’t have to take on the hiring of a new midlevel clinician. There is a lot less stress involved with just sending an email and getting reimbursed for it.”