Medicare Telehealth Services Expansion for CY 2014

CMS issued a transmittal last month stating that in the calender year 2014 physician fee schedule final rule with comment period, CMS is finalizing a proposal to add two new codes to the list of Medicare telehealth services.  CMS is also finalizing a proposal to modify regulations describing eligible telehealth originating sites to include health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) based in rural census tracts of urban areas as determined by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), effective January 1, 2014. Lastly, CMS is finalizing a proposal to establish geographic eligibility for Medicare telehealth originating sites for each calender year based on the status of the area as of December 31st of the previous calendar year.

Effective date: January 1, 2014

Implementation date: January 6, 2014

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