Amid pandemic, CMS should level field for phone E/M visits

The AMA and dozens of other physician organizations are calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide payment parity for patients who are only able to consult with their physicians by telephone and cannot or will not visit in person or conduct an audiovisual telehealth appointment using videoconferencing technology.

While key changes have been made to telehealth guidelines to boost COVID-19 care, a sign-on letter from the American College of Physicians, the AMA and many others notes that “many patients are unable to connect via telehealth with their physicians, as they may not have devices compatible to facilitate the use of telehealth.”

My latest for the AMA. The whole shebang.