CMS Payments for Audio Only Telephone Visits

Posted 9:14 AM

We would like all members to be aware of changes made to the CMS payment for some telephone only patient visits.  The following paragraph highlights some of these changes that is contained in the more extensive link below.

“CMS previously announced that Medicare would pay for certain services conducted by audio-only telephone between beneficiaries and their doctors and other clinicians. Now, CMS is broadening that list to include many behavioral health and patient education services. CMS is also increasing payments for these telephone visits to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits. This would increase payments for these services from a range of about $14-$41 to about $46-$110. The payments are retroactive to March 1, 2020.”

Read the letter that was sent to The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary and The Honorable Seema Verma, Administrator, signed by Senators.

Read the full press release: "Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic."

Paul R. Rennie, DO, FAAO
2020-21 AAO president
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