Doctors Give Medicare’s Proposal To Pay For Telemedicine Poor Prognosis

(By Phil Galewitz for Kaiser Health News)

The Trump administration wants Medicare for the first time to embrace telemedicine across the country by paying doctors $14 for a five-minute “check-in” phone call with their patients.

But many physicians say the proposed reimbursement will cover a service they already do for free. And the Medicare reimbursement — intended to motivate doctors to communicate with patients outside the office — could have a chilling effect on patients because they would be required to pay a 20 percent cost-sharing charge. Continue reading article here…

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