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New E&M codes for the year 2019

For 2019, the E&M section of CPT code book will have two new codes for Interprofessional Telephone/Internet/Electronic Health Record...

Asynchronous Telehealth


CMS is expanding the current telehealth waiver to include asynchronous (also known as “store and-forward”) telehealth in the specialties of teledermatology and teleophthalmology. Asynchronous telehealth includes the transmission of recorded health history (for example, retinal scanning and digital images) through a secure electronic communications system to a practitioner, usually a specialist, who uses the information to evaluate the case or render a service outside of a real time interaction. Asynchronous telecommunications system in single media format does not include telephone calls, images transmitted via facsimile machines, and text messages without visualization of the patient (electronic mail). Photographs must be specific to the patients’ condition and adequate for rendering or confirming a diagnosis or treatment plan.

Payment will be permitted for telemedicine when asynchronous telehealth in single or multimedia formats, is used as a substitute for an interactive telecommunications system for dermatology and ophthalmology services. Distant site practitioners will bill for these new services using new codes, and the distant site practitioner must be an NGACO Participant or Preferred Provider.

Asynchronous Telehealth Based on Intra-Service + 5 Minutes Post-Service Time

Code 1: G9868 – Receipt and analysis of remote, asynchronous images for dermatologic and/or ophthalmologic evaluation, for use under the Next Generation ACO model, less than 10 minutes.

Code 2: G9869 – Receipt and analysis of remote, asynchronous images for dermatologic and/or ophthalmologic evaluation, for use under the Next Generation ACO model, 10-20 minutes.

Code 3: G9870 – Receipt and analysis of remote, asynchronous images for dermatologic and/or ophthalmologic evaluation, for use under the Next Generation ACO model, 20 or more minutes.

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