AMA addresses coverage, payment for telemedicine

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) voted this week at its annual meeting to approve a list of guiding principles to ensure the appropriate coverage and payment for telemedicine services. “The principles aim to help foster innovation in the use of telemedicine, protect the patient-physician relationships and promote improved care coordination and communication with medical homes,” according to a press release. The principles stem from a policy report developed by the AMA’s Council on Medical Service to address coverage and payment for telemedicine. “Telemedicine can improve access to receive care remotely, as medically appropriate, including treatment for chronic conditions, which are proven ways to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs,” stated Dr. Robert Wah, president-elect of the AMA, in the release.