Updated June 20, 2022
The section below collects rules on Telemedicine by the various Insurance Plans (as we find them!)
Medicare Rules on Telemedicine:
Televisits (telehealth encounters) can occur by phone (called/coded a “check-in“, 5-10 minutes), by audio-visual (via Skype, Facetime, Duo, called/uses regular office codes, 15-40 minutes) or by email (called/coded an “evisit“).
While tele-health “office” visits usually have significant restrictions, during this Health Emergency, several of those restrictions are waived. Medicare providers (doctors) and members (patients) are allowed to have visits:
- while the doctor and patient are at home
- out of state as long as the doctor is licensed in the state s/he resides
- without a prior established relationship
Check-ins, limited to 5-10 minutes, are only for that, to determine if a visit is needed or a quick question. They cannot follow a visit within __ days.
Email contacts must be 1) initiated by the patient, and 2) use a patient portal.
Certain HIPAA (Privacy) rules are also relaxed (see below).
Dr. Cheikin is offering check-in and office visits, not email at present.
Please check back for updates.
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