CMS Telemedicine Expansion Could Lead to Cuts in Medicare Base Rate

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Politico | July 16, 2018

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The rule won’t open the floodgates for telemedicine reimbursement by Medicare. It requires doctors to have a prior relationship with the patient, a limitation criticized by Krista Drobac, executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care. She noted that all states — and the AMA — allow relationships to be established via telemedicine.

“An established relationship with a provider will limit access for people who don’t have a usual source of care, or whose usual medical provider does not offer telemedicine,” Drobac said.

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