Potsdam (dpa / bb) - Doctors in Brandenburg often advised patients on the screen during the Corona year 2020 instead of in their practice.
36,259 video consultation hours accounted for medical practices in the state, as the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Brandenburg (KVB) announced.
In the previous year there was therefore not a single settlement.
In the fourth quarter alone, 8,676 video consultation hours were billed.
620 practices met the requirements for video consultation hours in 2020.
In 2019 there were two practices.
In order to offer the consultation hour on the screen, practices must prove, among other things, that they are using a certified video service provider.
According to the KVB, secure data protection is particularly important.
Since 2017, doctors have been allowed to bill for video consultations.
This has been in force for psychotherapists since 2019. In addition to a flat-rate fee, they receive additional surcharges.
Since March 2020 there is no limit to the billing for video consultation hours, previously this was limited to 50 hours per quarter.
According to the KVB, the unlimited billing has been extended to March 31 due to the corona pandemic.