2021 Brings Changes to Medicare Payment

2021 brings numerous changes to Medicare regulation related to telehealth, the Physician Fee Schedule payment, NCCI edits, and the Quality Payment Program.

Telehealth and Communication Technology-Based Services
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Medicare covers telehealth services including two-way, real-time interactive communications, e-visits, virtual check-ins, remote assessment of visual recordings, and telephone assessment and management services when furnished by PTs in private practice and by facility-based physical therapy providers.

The 2021 Physician Fee Schedule made coverage of the following communication technology-based services permanent as of Jan. 1, 2021.

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