MAR 19, 2020
Resources to Help You Manage Telehealth Services
The Academy has gathered a list of resources to help ophthalmic practices understand and manage fast-moving changes in telehealth guidance from federal agencies. Here is a list of web pages that will help you adjust as you move from office visits to communicating with patients on the internet, over the telephone and via online appointments.
Teleophthalmology: How to Get Started
Coding for Phone Calls, Internet and Telehealth Consultations
Coding guidance for telehealth and other communications-based technology services from the Academy.
Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19
Information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about the coding system that Medicare and other health insurers use to submit claims for services provided to patients.
Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). CMS answers FAQs on how to deploy telehealth.
Waiving Telehealth Cost-Sharing During COVID-19 Outbreak (PDF)
Statement from the Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services for physicians and other practitioners who reduce or waive amounts that federal health care program beneficiaries may owe for telehealth services. Also see the Telehealth Fact Sheet (PDF).
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Statement from Health and Human Services regarding discretion not to impose penalties on health care providers for not complying with HIPAA’s privacy provisions.
Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities; Preparing for Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See the section promoting the increased use of telehealth services to reduce COVID-19 infection.