Cover Teledermatology under Medicare Part B

The American Academy of Dermatology Association and the American Telemedicine Association sent a joint letter to CMS, calling for the coverage of teledermatology services under Medicare Part B, Health Data Management reports. The letter states, “With comprehensive patient information and clear images, the dermatologist can often make a diagnosis at a distance and advise the local doctor how to care for the patient, keeping the patient out of high-cost care sites and allowing patients access to care that may have otherwise seemed unattainable” (Goedert, Health Data Management, 2/28). The organizations note that “there is an opportunity each year with the publication of the proposed physician fee schedule to submit proposals for the inclusion of services under the definition of ‘telehealth’ for reimbursement under Medicare,” adding, “However, given the proven quality of store-and-forward teledermatology and its similarity to other services included under CMS’ definition of ‘physician services’ in the Medicare Policy Benefit Manual, we would like to discuss including it within this definition”

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