Virtual Doctor Home Visits
Medicare now allows physicians to perform face-to-face visits via telemedicine to meet home health requirement.
Effective March 6, 2020, CMS expanded this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Under this new waiver, Medicare can pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth across the country and including in patient’s places of residence. A range of providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, will be able to offer telehealth to their patients.
How It Works
- Our nurses and physical therapists are equipped with smart devices and telehealth equipment to assist our physicians to provide quality physician visits in the safety of the patient’s home.
- The patient must verbally consent to receive virtual check-in services with the provider.
- Providers will be allowed to conduct the three types of visits via everyday communications technologies, such as FaceTime or Skype, during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. For a visit to qualify for Medicare home health face-to-face regulation it must include audio and video communications