Reimbursement for video appointments
As a physician who is practicing in the US, your options for offering video appointments can depend on the telemedicine legislation in your location.
Confrere is HIPAA compliant. It meets all security and data protection requirements so that it's fit for the US healthcare sector. However, if you want to integrate video appointments - a.k.a. live synchronous video - into your practice, you first need to ensure that you can get reimbursed for those appointments.
Reimbursement policy varies
Medicare reimburses in all 50 states, while individual states determine reimbursement requirements for Medicaid and private insurance companies.
Medicare reimburses for telemedicine, including several types of video appointments, according to federal policy. For detailed information about circumstantial limitations, requirements, and billing codes, please refer to this list provided by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services.
49 states and D.C. have telehealth coverage laws through which Medicaid reimburses for video appointments. However, states may restrict reimbursement based on medical specialty type, the type of service, the location of the patient (a.k.a. originating site), and the location of the provider (a.k.a. distant site).
Private insurance companies
35 states and D.C. have telehealth parity laws, through which private insurance companies must reimburse the same rate for a video appointment as an in-person appointment, provided the quality of care is equal.
No two states are alike when it comes to telehealth reimbursement. To learn about your state's policy, please refer to the ATA's State Policy Resource Center.
Telehealth Parity Laws
Currently, 35 states and D.C. have enacted parity laws, with laws pending in 4 more states. Telehealth parity laws mandate that private insurance companies reimburse providers for telehealth services at the same rate as the same in-person services, given the quality of care is equal
There are 35 states (and D.C.) with parity laws, 4 with pending parity laws, and 11 without.
States with parity laws
District of Columbia
States with pending parity laws
States without parity laws
For specifications on your state's parity laws, please visit the ATA’s website.
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