Medicare pays a limited number of Part B telehealth services.
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- Service Requirements
- Substitute In Person Encounter
- Distant Site Practitioners
- Originating Sites
- Facility Fee - Originating Site
- Separately Billable for Part B Reimbursement
- Originating Site Fee Payment and Billing Guidelines
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- Be furnished by an enrolled physician/practitioner (within practitioner's scope of practice under state law - check with individual state)
- Be provided to a beneficiary at an approved "originating site" within an eligible location
- Be provided using a real-time telecommunications system
- Meet coding eligibility criteria, conditions of payment and billing methodology
Providers must use telecommunication system which substitutes an in-person encounter and permits real time communication between physician/practitioner and beneficiaries
- System must be interactive
- Patient must be present and participating
Asynchronous "store and forward" technology is permitted only in Federal telemedicine demonstration programs in Alaska or Hawaii.
- Professional consultations (for telehealth services only)
- Office visits
- Office psychiatry services
- Limited number of other physician fee schedule services
- Additions or deletions annually: Physician fee schedule proposed and final rule
- Eligible Practitioners
- Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
- Physician Assistants (PAs)
- Nurse Midwifes (CNMs)
- Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)
- Clinical Psychologists (CPs) who bill independently*
- Clinical Social Workers (CSWs)*
- Registered Dietitians (RDs)
- Nutritional Professionals
*CP and CSWs cannot bill/receive payment for psychiatric diagnostic interview exams with Evaluation and Management (E/M) services or medical services (CPTs 90792, 90833, 90836, 90838)
- Part B services billed on CMS-1500 claim form/electronic equivalent
- Services provided by distant site practitioner
- Part A telehealth distant site services billed on the UB04 or electronic equivalent
- Physician or practitioner services when distant site is in a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) that has elected Method II and physician or practitioner has reassigned his/her benefits to CAH. In all other cases, except for Medical Nutrition Services, distant site telehealth services are billed to Part B
|Distant Site||Payment Methodolgy||Type of Bill||Revenue Code|
|CAH Method II|| Separate from cost based |
(80% of Medicare Physisican Fee Schedule (MPFS) facility amount)
|85X||96X, 97X, or 98X|
The "originating site" is a beneficiary's location at time of service. To ensure eligibility for these services, he/she must present from an originating site located in:
- Rural health professional shortage area (HPSA) - Determined by Health Resources and Services Administration
- County outside Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) - Determined by United States Census Bureau
View the HRSA Data Warehouse Medicare Telehealth Payment Eligibility Analyzer webpage to determine if an address is eligible for Medicare telehealth originating site payment.
|Authorized Originating Sites||Non Eligible Originating Sites|
| || |
Submit claim with GY modifier as statutory requirements not met.
Part B reimburses originating sites an originating site facility fee for these services as described by HCPCS Q3014.
|HCPCS||Year||Allowable||Medicare Economic Index (MEI) Increase||Change Request (CR)|
Applicable modifiers: GY for denial or G0 (G zero) to identify telehealth services for treatment of acute stroke symptoms.
- Physician's or practitioner's office: Lesser of 80% of actual charge or 80% of originating site facility fee
- Geographic practice cost index not applied: Fee statutorily set
- Beneficiary responsibility: Unmet deductible and coinsurance
|Originating Site||Payment Methodology||Type of Bill||Revenue Code|
|Outpatient hospital||Outside of OPPS||12X||078X|
|Inpatient hospital||Outside DRG||12X||078X|
|CAH||Separate from cost based (80% of originating site facility fee)||12X||078X|
|FQHC or RHC||Separate from Prospective Payment System (PPS) or All Inclusive Rate (AIR)||77X or 71X||078X|
|Hospital Based or CAH-Based Renal Dialysis Center||In addition to ESRD PPS or Monthly Capitation payment||72X||078X|
|SNF||Outside of SNF PPS (no subject to consolidated billing)||22X or 23X||078X|
|CMHC||Not a partial Hospitalization service (or used to determine payment for partial hospitalization) Not bundled in per diem||76X||078X|
Last Updated Mar 21, 2019
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