Telehealth Advocates Disappointed, Reenergized To Get Coverage For Older Diabetes Patients
When the US Medicare agency didn’t include diabetes telehealth coverage for its patients in a recent decision, advocates say they weren’t surprised – and now they’re even more motivated to pass legislation to achieve their goals.
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US Medicare payments for services provided in physician offices will fall by nearly 4% in calendar 2022; elsewhere, the agency granted pass-through payments to three devices and maintained additional telehealth services.
Sen. Tim Scott has reintroduced the Prevent Diabetes Act in the US Senate that would direct Medicare to reimburse for virtual diabetes care, which includes paying for telehealth services.