WASHINGTON – A group of nearly 50 stakeholders are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to adopt reimbursement codes that will allow reimbursement for remote monitoring services.
In a letter to Seema Verma, CMS administrator, the stakeholders asked the agency to cover, price and pay three current procedural terminology codes approved by the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial Panel in 2017.
“A consistently growing body of evidence demonstrates that connected health technologies such as telehealth, mHealth, store and forward, remote patient monitoring and other modalities improve patient care, reduce hospitalizations, help avoid complications, improve patient engagement and increase efficiency,” the letter read.
The group of stakeholders, which included the American Telemedicine Association, the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mount Sinai Health System, as well as professional groups and vendors, wrote that they agree with CMS that remote monitoring is paid under the same conditions as in-person physician services and can be a significant part of ongoing medical care.
“As a community in support of connected health innovations in the Medicare system, we eagerly await the release of the next proposed and final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and plan to provide further input to promote the use of remote monitoring innovations in the delivery of care,” they wrote.