Does Medicare Pay for Telehealth?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) pays for certain telehealth services. You need to pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for your healthcare provider’s services, and Medicare covers the rest.
Keep in mind that your location at the time of telemedicine service affects Medicare coverage. For the telemedicine service to be covered under Medicare, you need to be at a health facility that is located within a Health professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and in one of the following types of health care facilities:
- Physicians or practitioner offices
- Rural health clinics
- Critical Access Hospitals
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Community Health Care Centers
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
What are Three Different Types of Telemedicine?
There are three common types of telemedicine:
- Interactive Medicine
Interactive medicine allows patients and healthcare providers to communicate in real-time. Telemedicine is compliant with HIPAA laws, which aim to protect private or secure medical documents.
- Store and Forward
This telemedicine type allows providers to share patient information with a healthcare practitioner in another location.
- Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring allows remote caregivers to monitor patients at their homes by using medical devices to collect information such as blood pressure or blood sugar.
Note: Despite its numerous benefits, telemedicine does not fully replace seeing your primary care doctor for in-person checkups but rather serves as an adjunct, especially during these unique times.