Telehealth Reimbursement Fact Sheet
2018 | Read the fact sheet.
Telehealth is the use of virtual and digital technology to provide health care, education and other health related services from a distance. Telehealth encompasses such service delivery modalities as live video teleconferencing, asynchronous secure transmission (store and forward) and remote patient monitoring. Rather than a separate clinical service, telehealth is a tool to strengthen care delivery, medical practice support, and educational and preventative measures to patient care.
Telehealth is a well-established means of increasing access to care and health education for underserved and rural communities, and its capabilities have greatly expanded with recent technological advancements. The field continues to grow as more services and policies are being implemented on the state and federal level.
However, reimbursement gaps remain. Theese gaps impede expansion of telehealth services within the health care field. Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers offer varying degrees of telehealth reimbursement, with their reimbursement policies differing greatly in terms of services covered, and other requirements and restrictions. Overall there is a lack of cohesiveness of policies both within and between public and private payers.
In this fact sheet from PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy, the telehealth reimbursement policies of the aforementioned three major insurance players are examined.