The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new policies surrounding the use of telehealth for care management services for Medicare patients and plans to expand the use of this innovative technology to benefit patients. Starting in 2020, Medicare patients will have increased access to health care services delivered via telehealth.
New Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Codes:
- 2 New Chronic Care Management (CCM) Codes: GCCC1 and GCCC2
- 1 New Remote Physiologic Monitoring (RPM) Code: 99458
- 2 New Codes for the New Service of Principal Care Management (PCM): GPPP1 and GPPP2
- 2 Transitional Care Management (TCM) Reimbursement Changes: 99495 and 99496
- 3 New Codes for digital communication with a physician or other qualified health professional: 99421, 99422, and 99423
- 3 New Codes for digital communication with a non-physician health professional: 98970, 98971, and 98972
Increasing the use of telehealth for Medicare patients can save money and benefit both patients and providers. Over the next 10 years, the increase in telehealth benefits through Medicare will save enrollees $557 million.¹ These services will limit the amount of travel for patients, making it easier to receive necessary care.
The new proposed changes have a significant impact on multiple facets of care management.
CCM: As of 2019, CMS has three CPT® codes for classifying chronic care management time, 99490 for 20 minutes, 99487 for 60 minutes, and 99489 for each additional 30 minutes. The 2020 changes will replace the current 20-minute code with two new codes, GCCC1 and GCCC2 which cover 20 minutes of initial staff time and 20 minutes of additional staff time respectively. It is important to note that for FQHCs, G0511 is the HCPCS code for CCM.
RPM: Remote patient monitoring services have additional changes in 2020, to improve the quality of care. In 2020, there will be a new add-on code for patients who receive an additional 20 minutes of RPM services (99458). Additionally, RPM codes 99457 and 99458 will now be provided under General Supervision.
PCM : This year, CMS is introducing a new set of codes to cover patients with only one chronic condition, called principle care management. Code GPPP1 covers 30 minutes of physician time per month, while GPPP2 covers 30 minutes of clinical staff time each month for those with one chronic condition.
TCM: Transitional care management is also affected by the new changes. With the new codes, there are two increases in payment. Codes 99495 and 99496 are set to increase to 2.36 and 3.1 work relative value units (RVUs) respectively.
By allowing more telehealth services through these new codes, Medicare patients have additional flexibility and choice in their health care services while having more accessibility to needed care.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Some code finalization may still be pending. We will update this post as more information becomes available.