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VA Discontinues Copays for In-Home Telehealth Services

September 28, 2012—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sept. 25 published a final rule that aims to encourage the use of telemedicine by veterans. Under the rule, the VA will no longer charge beneficiaries a copay when receiving in-home care that uses video conference technology. The final rule became effective May 7, 2012, because the VA did not receive any adverse comments to the March 6 direct final rule.

The VA hopes that the removal of the copay requirement will eliminate a barrier that may have prevented veterans from choosing to use in-home video telehealth services. Video telehealth allows the VA to expand primary and specialty care access to veterans who often must travel greater distances to receive care at a VA medical center, hospital, or community-based outpatient clinic. The rule provides examples of services that can be administered using in-home video telehealth, including wound management, psychiatric care, exercise plans, and medication management.


Evan Collins, MHA
Specialist, Clinical Operations and Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0552


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