Medicare Part B pays for certain health services furnished to rural beneficiaries via an “interactive telecommunications system”—a system that provides for real-time audio and video communication.  Among the covered services are office visits, certain behavioral health services, diabetes self-management training, and medical nutrition therapy.  The practitioner furnishing the service remotely (the “distant site”  provider) may be a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical psychologist, or other provider.  In order for telehealth services to be reimbursed under Medicare, the beneficiary must receive the service from designated “originating sites,” such as a physician’s office, hospital, rural health center, or FQHC.
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