Coverage of and Payment for Telemedicine- Report 7 Of The Council On Medical Service


With a growing number of services being provided via telemedicine technologies, there is a need for a set of safeguards and standards in AMA policy to support the appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services. In this report, the Council recommends a set of principles to ensure the appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services. These principles aim to support future innovation in the use of telemedicine, while ensuring patient safety, quality of care and the privacy of patient information, as well as protecting the patient-physician relationship and promoting improved care coordination and communication with medical homes. Before physicians provide any telemedicine service, they should verify that their medical liability insurance policy covers telemedicine services, including telemedicine services provided across state lines if applicable.
Because the coverage of and payment for telemedicine services is related to the evidence in support of telemedicine, the report also includes recommendations supporting additional research, pilot programs and demonstration projects regarding telemedicine. In order to ensure quality of care, patient safety, and coordination of care in the provision of telemedicine services, the report’s recommendations reiterate the importance of national medical specialty societies continuing to be involved in the development of appropriate and comprehensive practice parameters, standards and guidelines to address the clinical and technological aspects of telemedicine.


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