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A looming telemedicine crunch is coming. Telemedicine is here, the crisis will be for those providers not ready. On December 15, 2015, the National Law Review reported that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced plans for 30 percent of Medicare payments to be made in alternative payment models by the end of 2016. That number will increase to 50 percent by the end of 2018. Additionally, CMS seeks to have 85 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments in certain value-based purchasing categories by 2016 and up to 90 percent by 2018. The alternative payment models by and large pertain to telemedicine.