We are now offering TeleHealth Services for both our family practice and medical aesthetic patients.
The declaration put forth by the President has set precedence for Medicare and some private insurance companies to pay for TeleHealth Services medically necessary services in a less restrictive manner during this difficult COVID-19 Outbreak. This is good news for all who want to stay safe in their homes but need this outreach.*
For the Larson Medical Aesthetic patients we have always offered a complimentary consultation and that still applies with the TeleHealth Aesthetic Consultation. Getting your consultation and consent forms completed by this method will allow us to get straight to treatments once we’re free to do so, yeah!
So if you want to schedule a Larson Family Medicine or Medical Aesthetic TeleHealth Visit please call us at 888.716.9627 and we will get it scheduled.
We are here for you and care about you. God Bless you and your love ones. Sincerely, Margaret L Larson, ARNP
*MEDICARE TELEMEDICINE HEALTH CARE
PROVIDER FACT SHEET
Mar 17, 2020
Medicare coverage and payment of virtual services
Under President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. These policy changes build on the regulatory flexibilities granted under the President’s emergency declaration.
CMS is expanding this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations
Act. The benefits are part of the broader effort by CMS and the White House Task Force to ensure that all Americans – particularly those at high-risk of complications from the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 – are aware of easy-to-use, accessible benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the community spread of this virus.
Telehealth, telemedicine, and related terms generally refer to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communication to improve a patient’s health. Innovative uses of this kind of technology in the provision of healthcare is increasing. And with the emergence of the virus causing the disease COVID-19, there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need. Limiting community spread of the virus, as well as limiting the exposure to other patients and staff members will slow viral spread.
EXPANSION OF TELEHEALTH WITH 1135 WAIVER
office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth across the country and including in: Under this new waiver, Medicare can pay for patient’s places of residence starting March 6, 2020. 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.
Additionally, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs. Please contact 866-842-7737