Rhode Island State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies

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Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program

Rhode Island
Medicaid Program: Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program

Medicaid Program Administrator: Rhode Island Dept. of Human Services

Regional Telehealth Resource Center:

Northeast Telehealth Resource Center
11 Parkwood Drive

Augusta, ME 04330
(800) 379-2021
www.netrc.org

STATE LAW/REGULATIONS MEDICAID PROGRAM

Definition of telemedicine/telehealth

“Telemedicine” means the delivery of clinical health care No reference found.
services by means of real time two-way electronic
audiovisual communications, including the application of
secure video conferencing or store-and-forward
technology to provide or support health care delivery,
which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, treatment,
and care management of a patient’s health care while
such patient is at an originating site and the health care
provider is at a distant site, consistent with applicable
federal laws and regulations. Telemedicine does not
include an audio-only telephone conversation, email
message or facsimile transmission between the provider
and patient, or an automated computer program used to
diagnose and/or treat ocular or refractive conditions.
Source: RI General Law, Sec. 27-81-3(12).
Telemedicine is defined very generally as the delivery of
healthcare where there is no in-person exchange.
Telemedicine, more specifically, is a mode of delivering
healthcare services and public health utilizing
information and communication technologies to enable
the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care
management, and self-management of patients at a
distance from health care providers.
Source: RI Department of Health. Telemedicine. Accessed Oct.
2017 http://www.health.ri.gov/healthcare/about/telemedicine/

Live Video Reimbursement

No reference found. No reference found.

Store and Forward Reimbursement

No reference found. No reference found.

Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement

No reference found. No reference found.

Email/Phone/FAX

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Telemedicine does not include an audio-only telephone No reference found.
conversation, email message or facsimile transmission
between the provider and patient.
Source: RI General Law, Sec. 27-81-3(12).

Online Prescribing

No reference found. No reference found.

Consent

Informed consent should be employed for the use of No reference found.
patient-physician email and other text based
communications.
Source: RI Department of Health. Telemedicine. Accessed Oct.
2017 http://www.health.ri.gov/healthcare/about/telemedicine/

Location

No reference found. No reference found.

Cross-State Licensure

RI allows physicians who have a license in good No reference found.
standing in another state to consult with RI licensed
physicians or provide teaching assistance.
Physicians not present in RI may not provide
consultation to a patient without an established
physician-patient relationship, unless that patient is in
the physical presence of a physician licensed in RI.
Source: RI General Law, Sec. 5-37-14.

Private Payers

Recently Passed Legislation (Effective Jan. 1, 2018) No reference found.
A health insurer shall not exclude a health care service
for coverage solely because the health care service is
provided through telemedicine and is not provided
through in-person consultation or contact, subject to the
terms and conditions of a telemedicine agreement
between the insurer and provider.
Source: RI General Law, Sec. 27-81-4.

Site/Transmission Fee

No reference found. No reference found.

Miscellaneous

See Department of Health Policy for Department of
Health Telemedicine Guidelines for other requirements
on RI providers.
Source: RI Department of Health. Telemedicine. Accessed Oct.
2017 http://www.health.ri.gov/healthcare/about/telemedicine/

Legislative Commission established to examine the

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

Source: S. 1002 (2017).

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