• Difference Between Telemedicine and Telehealth

    Difference Between Telemedicine and Telehealth

    Question: What is the difference between telemedicine and telehealth?

    Answer: Telemedicine refers to a group of services that may be provided to a patient without any physical patient contact. Services may be provided via a telephone (audio) connection, or via some type of online communication such as a patient/provider portal or via email interactions between the patient and practitioner. Typically, most telemedicine services are noncovered by Medicare. However, CMS has opened some of the codes for coverage during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

    Telehealth refers to a distinct level of established services that have traditionally been performed via a face-to-face interaction between the patient and practitioner. This group of services has been grouped together in a distinct policy that allows this limited amount of traditional face-to-face services to be performed via an audio and video connection as a replacement to the in person, face-to-face interaction. Telehealth allows the interaction to still occur face-to-face; however, it can be achieved via the audio and video connection.

    For more information, go to the Academy’s Telehealth web page.