N.E. Insurer to Reimburse Physicians for Web-based Consults

At a time when Medicare is saying no to consultation codes, a Northeast insurer is saying yes to reimbursement claims from network physicians for Web-based consultations.

“Northeast insurer MVP Health Care will begin reimbursing its network of more than 22,000 physicians for Web-based consultations with patients covered through most of its benefit plans.

The Schenectady, N.Y.-based payer covers more than 750,000 members in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The company is working with Mohawk Valley Medical Associates, an independent physician association in Schenectady, to identify 200 early adopter physicians in its service area. MPV Health Care also is seeking at least 50 additional early adopters in other markets.

The insurer will use the webVisit consultation software of the RelayHealth division of McKesson Corp., San Francisco. Further details, including the amount of reimbursement for online consultations, were not immediately disclosed.”

Source: HealthData Management (HDM) Breaking News, Oct. 20.


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