Will Medicare Cover Virtual Appointments?

Virtual check-ins with your doctor or other approved practitioners also referred to as “brief technology communication-based services,” are covered under Medicare Part B

Original Medicare Costs 

Virtual check-ins allow you to participate in doctor’s visits via telephone, audio/visual system, or captured video image without ever leaving your home. Your doctor or nurse practitioner may communicate with you in a few different methods, such as: 

  • phone
  • audio/visit
  • secure text messages
  • emails
  • patient portals

You will pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, just like you would if you visited your physician or nurse practitioner in person. The Part B deductible still applies in this situation. 

What Do Virtual Appointments Include?

Medicare virtual appointments cover a variety of services, such as:

  • doctor visits 
  • psychotherapy
  • consultations
  • certain other medical/health services that are provided by a physician located elsewhere

You may receive telehealth services without being located in a rural area for the following instances:

  • Monthly ESRD visits for dialysis
  • Services for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of symptoms of the occurrence of an acute stroke wherever you are located at the time.
  • Treating a substance abuse disorder or a co-occurring mental health disorder

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At Carolina Senior Benefits, we are dedicated to providing you with the information you need to understand the coverage you can get with Medicare. Reach out to us today to learn more about the Medicare options available to you and which one will work best for your needs.