Fact Sheet

Telemedicine in Medicare Advantage

Telemedicine is offering new and potentially transformative options for the delivery of health care. Medicare Advantage is well suited to use these innovations to enhance patient access, reduce costs, and improve health for beneficiaries.

Key Facts

  • Telemedicine is a set of health care services delivered through a range of online, video, and telephone communications between patients and their care providers.
  • Evidence indicates that certain telemedicine services enhance access to care, improve quality and reduce costs for chronically ill beneficiaries.
  • Medicare Advantage plans are limited to offering basic telemedicine services, use rebates, or charge beneficiaries for this innovative care.
  • CMS should enable Medicare Advantage plans to offer additional telemedicine services in their supplemental benefits.