A number of recent developments suggest that serving patients with the assistance of telehealth services will become more commonplace in the near future.

The Medicare MACRA and MIPS payment programs will include new billing codes for telehealth services, according to regulations published earlier this month.

Also earlier this month, the House passed legislation, The Vets Act (H.R. 2123), that would authorize the Veterans Administration to make greater use of telehealth.

And when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General recently announced plans to audit Medicaid programs for telehealth payments, it cited among its reasons for the audits the growing number of telehealth claims and its expectation that such growth will continue.

Learn more about government reimbursement for telehealth services and its implications for providers in this Healthcare Finance News story.