The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent federal panel, recently addressed the question of whether expanded payments to doctors would spur adoption of telemedicine.
The ATA is lobbying CMS and Congress to remove Medicare restrictions on telehealth coverage. The new Telehealth Services Workgroup, sponsored by the American Medical Association, has already begun to facilitate proposals that would expand Current Procedural Terminology’s telehealth codes to include emerging services.
Mississippi’s congressional delegation has been at the forefront of efforts to increase use of telehealth. The federal lawmakers are in effect looking to the Mississippi state legislature as a model. Mississippi already has in place state laws that require insurance plans and Medicaid to pay for these services. These measures led the nonprofit American Telemedicine Association to put Mississippi at the top of an elite group of seven states for which it awarded an “A” in terms of coverage for health care delivered at a distance.