The state of telehealth is widely varied across the country, as state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies are all distinct. Here are six key findings on telehealth policy trends, from the Center for Connected Health Policy's "State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies" report.
1. Forty-seven states and Washington, D.C., have some form of reimbursement for telehealth in their Medicaid policies. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Utah are the three states that do not have a written definitive reimbursement policy.
2. Live video consultations are most predominantly reimbursed, with all states, except for those listed prior, offering some type of live video reimbursement by Medicaid. However, what states reimburse for, and how they reimburse for it, is largely varied. Restrictions are often on specialty type as well as the type of services that can be reimbursed (office visit, inpatient consultation, etc.), the type of provider that can be reimbursed (physician, nurse, etc.) and the patient's originating site.
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