How to maximize Medicare’s telehealth coverage

Many older adults rely on Medicare for their health coverage. When Medicare changes may put people’s access to care at risk, doctors are forced to make difficult medical decisions, leaving many older adults in precarious situations. It’s for these reasons that Medicare is one of the most secure health insurance policies available.

Medicare Extends Telehealth Coverage

Medicare is important, especially for older adults. As millions of baby boomers advance into retirement, Medicare becomes an increasingly critical safeguard for them. We’ve previously covered the ways Medicare is responsible for keeping older Americans healthy and active. Now we’re taking a look at the next important front in healthcare coverage: telehealth coverage.


Telehealth is designed to improve access to care. For example, it is a method by which doctors and medical providers remotely connect and communicate with each other. For many medical conditions, telehealth is a feasible option. Today’s medical equipment is capable of handling remote monitor transmission and the most common telehealth systems can be connected to Medicare’s virtual health services. The digitization of the medical records and documentation has made it more effective. Having a doctor or nurse do the job of multiple doctors at once is more efficient and avoids overburdening staff on a regular basis. This makes it possible for patients to get all their care from the same care provider, a crucial step towards recovery and better recovery.

Medicare Extends Telehealth Coverage

Medicare already has a Medicare Telehealth Benefit. It allows eligible participants to link their Medicare plans to Telehealth, which provides unlimited access to medical services. For this benefit, Medicare sets out specific guidelines, such as monthly fees of between $10 to $10.50. Telehealth monitoring and interpreting services may be covered at no additional cost, unless there is a need for an additional service or a prearranged arrangement. They can include:

Medical services like telemedicine, telepsychiatry, and telenerview.

Telemonitoring services that include the medical records.

Telepsychiatry services for when necessary.

Most of the network for Medicare telehealth is members of the commercial sector. It is targeted at Medicare beneficiaries in a specific geographic region. The primary goal of this expanded coverage is to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to receive additional medical services.

What can you do to take advantage of this new coverage?

Make sure that you’re prepared to submit appropriate claims and have the proper paperwork. If you’re a potential Medicare recipient, these changes could help you stay healthy and live independently. Also, know that Medicare will get behind these changes and you may not see coverage immediately or at all. Consider taking advantage of the opportunity to get help from your doctor before it’s too late.

This article was written by Flexible Benefits, a benefit-focused editorial content provider.

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