Why Providers Aren't Billing for Telemedicine Services

More than half (55 percent) of providers do not bill either private payers or federal health programs for services performed via telemedicine, according to a study in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Based on responses from 640 participants in an online survey, researchers determined the following to be the top reasons providers don't seek reimbursement for telemedicine:

    • No Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine in their state: 33 percent
    • Major payers don't reimburse for telemedicine: 32.4 percent
    • Practice in a non-rural area: 19.3 percent
    • Services are bundled through contracts: 17.4 percent
    • Too risky for penalties for fraud and abuse: 4.7 percent
    • Could not get organizational support to bill for telemedicine reimbursement: 4.7 percent

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