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Medicare Telemedicine Coverage

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicare greatly expanded its telehealth coverage starting on March 6, 2020. Still, not all online doctors accept it. How can you find online doctors that accept Medicare? How do virtual visits work? How much does Medicare pay for online appointments? 

Let’s take a look at Medicare and telehealth.

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Does Medicare Pay for Online Doctors?

Medicare telemedicine coverage was expanded in response to the COVID pandemic. Some of that expanded coverage may change once the threat of COVID-19 has been further reduced, but some of it is likely to stay in place.

For now, Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) does generally pay for online doctors. There are exceptions, of course, and not all types of online appointments will be covered. Additionally, not all online doctors accept Medicare. 

Find out if your online doctor accepts Medicare before you schedule an appointment.

What Does Medicare Pay for Doctor’s Visits?

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for online doctors, and the Part B deductible applies. Medicare pays the rest. Most of the time, you will pay the same amount as you would if you saw your doctor in person.

Online Doctor Services That Accept Medicare

Finding telemedicine that accepts Medicare can be a little tricky. Often, your best bet is to contact your regular doctor and see if they have online services or can refer you to somebody that does.

Or, you can schedule an appointment with PlushCare. Our licensed doctors can help with various issues ranging from UTIs to diabetes to online therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Online Doctors Accept Medicare?

Some, but not all, online doctors accept Medicare. Be sure to find out if the one you’re looking at does before you schedule an appointment.

Is Telemedicine Covered by Medicare?

There are some restrictions and limitations, but in general, yes, telemedicine is covered by Medicare. 

The types of providers who can do E-visits include:

  • Doctors
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Clinical psychologists, in specific circumstances
  • Licensed clinical social workers, in specific circumstances
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists

In addition to what Medicare Part B covers, many Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans offer more telehealth options than Part B alone.

How Do Medicare Virtual Visits Work?

While virtual visits will be slightly different from provider to provider, here’s a general idea of what to expect and how to prepare for your appointment.

  1. Make Sure Your Technology Is Ready

While you may be able to have a voice-only appointment using your home phone, you may be required to have a computer, phone, or tablet to do a video appointment. Make sure you have a device capable of taking and showing video and audio that’s hooked up to reliable internet or cellular connection.

  1. Schedule an Appointment

Find out if the provider accepts Medicare, then schedule an appointment for a time that’s convenient for you. You may need to fill out forms or provide other information ahead of your appointment time, and you may be asked to “show up” 10 minutes before your appointment time.

  1. Prepare Ahead of Time

You need to know the names and doses of all your medications, plus your medical history. It’s a good idea to have it all written down, so you don’t forget anything. 

  1. Practice Good Security

Choose a strong password that you don’t use for any other website. Ask how the telehealth site protects your information. Don’t trust any telehealth company that contacts you out of the blue encouraging you to schedule an appointment – it may be a scam.

  1. Be Prepared to Wait

Just like a regular doctor’s office, you may have to wait – but at least you’ll be in the comfort of your own home rather than a sterile office.

  1. Have a Video or Phone Chat With the Doctor

During your phone or video appointment, you’ll tell the doctor about your symptoms, medical history, and medications. If you need refills or if the doctor feels it’s appropriate to prescribe you something, they can electronically send a prescription to your pharmacy, where you can pick it up as soon as it’s ready.

  1. Pick Up Prescriptions

Typically, your pharmacy will contact you when your prescriptions are ready, so you can go pick them up like usual – without needing to drop off a paper prescription first.

  1. Get Follow-Up Care if Necessary

Not all conditions can be diagnosed or treated online. The doctor may prescribe lab work or tell you to see a doctor in person. Make sure you follow up with anything the doctor recommends.

How Can I Find Doctors Who Accept Medicare Near Me?

The Medicare website has a page here where you can find doctors near you who accept Medicare and whether they charge the Medicare-approved rate. 

You can search for a variety of different provider types:

  • Doctors and clinicians
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes and rehab services
  • Home health services
  • Dialysis facilities
  • Long-term care hospitals
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Hospice care
  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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If you’re looking for a Medicare online doctor, PlushCare can help you out. With PlushCare, you get online same-day appointment booking, access to an online care team, and unlimited in-app messaging.

To schedule an appointment with one of the licensed and trusted PlushCare doctors simply click here. We’ll be able to see you as soon as today.


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Sources:

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Medicare. Telehealth. Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/telehealth

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Where can I find a doctor that accepts Medicare and Medicaid? Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.hhs.gov/answers/medicare-and-medicaid/where-can-i-find-a-doctor-that-accepts-medicare-medicaid/index.html

AARP. Getting Your Telehealth Appointments Covered by Medicare. Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/telehealth-medicare-coverage.htmlCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet. Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet

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