The Center for Connected Health Policy Releases Bi-Annual Update on State Telemedicine Laws and Reimbursement Policies

On November 6, 2017, the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) released its bi-annual report on state telehealth laws and reimbursement policies.  CCHP noted that currently State Medicaid programs are making incremental progress when it comes to telehealth reimbursement, but there are still broad discrepancies among state policies.

 

The update to CCHP’s report on state telehealth laws and reimbursement policies indicated that two states (Maryland and Oklahoma) implemented new reimbursement policies for store-and-forward telehealth since the organization’s last update in April. Oklahoma also added new payment policies for remote patient monitoring, but CCHP removed Hawaii and Kentucky from that list because there was no indication those states had implemented laws that included reimbursement for remote patient monitoring. 

Some key findings from the bi-annual report:

  • Forty-eight states and Washington DC provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for service.
  • Fifteen state Medicaid programs reimburse for store and forward.
  • Twenty-one state Medicaid programs provide reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring.
  • Nine state Medicaid programs (Alaska, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington) reimburse for all three, although with some limitations.

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