The Operating Budget in its entirety is effective January 1, 2020; however, “Telemedicine Services” (R.C. 3902.30, 4723.94, and 4731.2910) is effective starting January 1, 2021, for private insurers.
Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law allowing primary care physicians and pediatricians to bill Medicaid and private insurers for telemedicine services. The revision of SB258, fully effective on January 1, 2020, also extends coverage to asynchronous telemedicine services.
Telemedicine is no longer a tertiary modality or the feared technology disruptor of the early years. Now it is an expectation that medical practices incorporate some form of telemedicine.
Florida’s HB23, signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 25, 2019, officially introducing a negotiable type of telehealth parity legislation.
Governor Janet Mills signed LD1263 into law, officially establishing telehealth parity by private payors after various efforts were vetoed in 2017. The law, effective January 1, 2020, institutes significant changes for state telemedicine policy by private payors, with no changes to Medicaid.
South Dakota state legislature passed revisions to SB136 to update the state code surrounding payment and coverage for telemedicine services for private payors. Updated statutes go into effect on January 1, 2020.
The originating site is the patient’s location during a telemedicine session and is commonly referred to as the remote site.
At VisuWell, we have telemedicine reimbursement guides and in-depth information categorized by specialty. Our Top Ten (+1) Telemedicine Reimbursement Questions will help you navigate the complex reimbursement terrain.
Arizona State legislature passed SB1089, to expand insurance coverage for telehealth services, including Medicaid, and increase accessibility across the state of Arizona without penalty. Updates to Arizona’s revised statutes will go into effect December 31, 2020.
New Mexico enacted its initial telehealth coverage law in 2013 but restrictive language limited telemedicine adoption. New Mexico recently passed SB354, “Health Coverage for Telemedicine” amends New Mexico’s current telehealth commercial insurance coverage laws to implement complete parity.