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Telemedicine

James Posted Mon 31st of August, 2015 10:26:17 AM

I have a question about Telemedicine. Our doctor is a vascular surgeon. He is often out of the office but his ultrasound techs are still seeing patients. The doctor wants to do telemedicine through facetime to give the patients results from their ultrasounds or just follow ups while they are in the office. Is this allowed? Can we use 99201- 99205 and 99211 - 99215 with the GT modifier? What are medicare's policies? How many visits of this type are allowed? Please help us to understand. Thanks

SuperCoder Answered Tue 01st of September, 2015 01:03:32 AM

For telemedicine services, you must use an interactive audio and video telecommunications system that permits real-time communication between you, at the distant site, and the beneficiary, at the originating site. Asynchronous “store and forward” technology is permitted only in Federal telemedicine demonstration programs conducted in Alaska or Hawaii. Yes, you can bill CPT 99201-99205 and 99211-99215 with GT modifier for office visits. For more information, read below linked article from CMS. https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/downloads/telehealthsrvcsfctsht.pdf

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