Utah Telemedicine & Telehealth Reimbursement Overview

Provider Reimbursement Eligibility
Consent for Telemedicine Live Video Reimbursement Store & Forward Reimbursement Originating Site & Transmission Fees Eligible Practitioners
State Law

No Reference Found

Providers are eligible for reimbursement for telemedicine under Utah’s Medical Assistance Program.

See Title 26 Chapter 18 Part 1 section 13

 

H.B. 392 “requires the Public Employees’ Benefit and Insurance Program to reimburse for 15 certain telemedicine services at commercially reasonable rates”.

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Medicaid

No Reference Found

Providers are eligible for reimbursement of telemedicine services delivered via live video.

See Utah Health Code Title 26 Chapter 18 Part 1 Section 13

Store-and-forward is excluded from the telemedicine definition of “two-way, real-time interactive communication”.

Utah Medical Provider Manual Section 1  Chapter 8-4.2

The provider at the originating site receives no additional reimbursement for the use of telemedicine.

Utah Medical Provider Manual Section 1  Chapter 8-4.2

One of 19 States that does not specify the type of healthcare provider allowed to practice telemedicine.  Offering the most flexibility.

Medicare

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

Private Payors

Private payors are actively exploring telemedicine and telehealth, but each provider is different. If you are in network with a specific provider, call and request documentation of their policy related to telehealth.

Self Pay

There are no limitations for self pay patients/clients, and providing telehealth services is a great way to increase revenue with patients that are selfpay or value premium services.

Provider Reimbursement Eligibility
Consent for Telemedicine
State Law

No Reference Found

Medicaid

No Reference Found

Medicare

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

Live Video Reimbursement
State Law

Providers are eligible for reimbursement for telemedicine under Utah’s Medical Assistance Program.

See Title 26 Chapter 18 Part 1 section 13

 

H.B. 392 “requires the Public Employees’ Benefit and Insurance Program to reimburse for 15 certain telemedicine services at commercially reasonable rates”.

Medicaid

Providers are eligible for reimbursement of telemedicine services delivered via live video.

See Utah Health Code Title 26 Chapter 18 Part 1 Section 13

Medicare

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

Store & Forward Reimbursement
State Law

No Reference Found

Medicaid

Store-and-forward is excluded from the telemedicine definition of “two-way, real-time interactive communication”.

Utah Medical Provider Manual Section 1  Chapter 8-4.2

Medicare

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

Originating Site & Transmission Fees
State Law

No Reference Found

Medicaid

The provider at the originating site receives no additional reimbursement for the use of telemedicine.

Utah Medical Provider Manual Section 1  Chapter 8-4.2

Medicare

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

Eligible Practitioners
State Law

No Reference Found

Medicaid

One of 19 States that does not specify the type of healthcare provider allowed to practice telemedicine.  Offering the most flexibility.

Medicare

See Telemedicine Reimbursement Guide – Medicare Section

Private Payors

Private payors are actively exploring telemedicine and telehealth, but each provider is different. If you are in network with a specific provider, call and request documentation of their policy related to telehealth.

Self Pay

There are no limitations for self pay patients/clients, and providing telehealth services is a great way to increase revenue with patients that are selfpay or value premium services.

Telemedicine CPT Codes

Unique CPT codes do not exist specifically for telemedicine or telehealth. Instead a modifier is applied to existing codes.

  • For interactive audio and video sessions, place a GT modifier in front of the CPT codes you typically use for in person services.
  • For services provided via an asynchronous telecommunication system, simply add a GQ modifier in front of the CPT codes you typically use for in person services.

Telehealth Parity

Utah does not have legislation in place requiring equal reimbursement from private insurers.

H.B. 392 introduces Medicaid telemedicine parity for services “at the same rate that the Medicaid program reimburses for other health care services.”

Definitions

Telehealth Parity

Telehealth services are equal to in person services and reimbursed at the same rate.

Asynchronous Communication

The exchange of messages, such as among the hosts on a network or devices in a computer, by reading and responding as schedules permit rather than according to some clock that is synchronized for both the sender and receiver or in real time. Email, chat and text messaging are primary examples of asynchronous communication.

Distant or Hub Site

The location or site where the practitioner or provider is located while utilizing telemedicine services to meet with patients.

Originating Site

The location of the patient at the time services are provided. An originating site can be the client's home or a public facility like a rural hospital or physician's office. Many payors will reimburse for an originating site fee if it meets specific requirements. Rural use cases provide an applicable example for an eligible originating site fee where the patient will go to a local medical facility like a primary care physician's office and meet with a specialist located in distant urban health facility.

Additional Telemedicine Resources

Telehealth and telemedicine are fast growing and changing segments. Both state licensure and state legislation are changing rapidly along with federal legislation and for this reason the information provided cannot be considered legal advice. We make every attempt to keep state specific information up to date, but encourage you to validate this information through the following sites: