The updated Spring 2020 version of CCHP’s “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies” Report is available today! The Spring 2020 edition offers policymakers, health advocates and other interested health care professionals a detailed compendium of state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies. It is important to note that since the research was conducted for this report in February 2020, the COVID-19 emergency has imposed many temporary waivers, exceptions and changes to telehealth policy across the nation. Those changes, while significant, in most cases do not reflect a permanent shift in a state’s telehealth policy, and are only in effect through the duration of the emergency. Therefore, those COVID-19 specific policy changes are not reflected in this report.
The report revealed that as of February 2020, states continued to refine and expand their telehealth reimbursement policies. While reimbursement for live video and remote patient monitoring remained relatively steady since Fall 2019, there was an increase of three states now reimbursing for the store-and-forward telehealth modality. Another common modification of telehealth policy came in the form of broadening the types of providers eligible to deliver telehealth services. The issue of federally qualified health centers and/or rural health clinics being an eligible distant site provider was also one of the most notable policy changes from CCHP’s Fall 2019 edition, with eight states clarifying that FQHCs and/or RHCs qualify as distant sites. However, not all Medicaid programs allow these entities to receive their prospective payment system (PPS) rate or all-inclusive rate (AIR).
The report includes an “At a Glance” Infographic and Summary Chart that highlights key data points from the report. CCHP’s online interactive map tool has also been updated with all of the newest information from this update.