CMS Expands Payment for Telehealth Services
February 4th, 2013
If you are participating in Telehealth services, you have eight new services for which you can bill:
G0396 Alcohol and/or substance (other than tobacco) abuse structured assessment (for example, AUDIT, DAST) and brief intervention, 15 to 30 minutes
G0397 Alcohol and/or substance (other than tobacco) abuse structured assessment (for example, AUDIT, DAST) and intervention greater than 30 minutes
G0442 Annual alcohol misuse screening, 15 minutes
G0443 Brief face-to-face behavioral counseling for alcohol misuse, 15 minutes.
G0444 Annual Depression Screening, 15 minutes.
G0445 High-intensity behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections, face-to- face, individual, includes: education, skills training, and guidance on how to change sexual behavior, performed semi-annually, 30 minutes.
G0446 Annual, face-to-face intensive behavioral therapy for cardiovascular disease, individual, 15 minutes
G0447 Face-to-face behavioral counseling for obesity, 15 minutes.
Telehealth services require providers to have a video telecommunications system that allows the communication between the originating site and distant site in "real time." If requirements are met, many services besides those listed above may be billed including evaluation and management services,
For details on Telehealth visit: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/TelehealthSrvcsfctsht.pdf
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