covers certain telehealth services.
You pay 20% of the
for your doctor or other health care provider’s services, and the Part B
applies. For most telehealth services, you'll pay the same amount that you would if you got the services in person.
Medicare telehealth services include office visits, psychotherapy, consultations, and certain other medical or health services that are provided by an eligible provider who isn't at your location using an interactive 2-way telecommunications system (like real-time audio and video).
These services are available in rural areas, under certain conditions, but only if you're located at one of these places:
- A doctor's office
- A hospital
- A critical access hospital (CAH)
- A rural health clinic
- A hospital-based dialysis facility
- A skilled nursing facility
- A community mental health center
Starting in 2020, Medicare Advantage Plans may offer more telehealth benefits than Original Medicare. These benefits can be available in a variety of places, and you can use them at home instead of going to a health care facility. Check with your plan to see what additional telehealth benefits are offered.
Medicare made these changes to telehealth in 2019:
- You can get Medicare telehealth services at renal dialysis facilities and at home.
- You can get Medicare telehealth services for faster diagnosis, evaluation, or treatment of symptoms of an acute stroke no matter where you're located.
- If you’re being treated for a substance use disorder or a co-occurring mental health disorder, you can get Medicare telehealth services from home.
- Medicare also covers virtual check-ins and E-visits.