Adopts the AMA’s the guiding principles released in their 2014 Annual Meeting entitled Coverage of and Payment for Telemedicine as well as the Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine by the Federation of State Medical Boards.
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Stipulates that for purposes of Medicaid reimbursement for home health care, the patient’s attending physician must certify the need for home health services based on a face to face encounter, which can be conducted using telehealth.
A new Provider-Led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) Program policy manual is available for all PASSE providers. Provides a definition for telemedicine and allows the required face-to-face encounter for care coordinators to take place over telemedicine.
Amends rules to update the Telemedicine policy to provide clarification of interactive audio and visual transmission of the physician patient encounter.
Requires the State Department of Public Health to establish a sickle cell disease center pilot program.
Creates a pilot program, in counties that elect to participate, designed to increase the capacity of health providers that serve pregnant and postpartum women up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage postpartum depression and other mental health conditions.
Adds a new definition of telemedicine and stipulates requirements for local EMS agency stroke critical care systems, including that emergency department neurological expertise be provided in person or through telemedicine in acute stroke ready hospitals.
Allows for home health telehealth services through remote monitoring in Medicaid.
Authorizes the Mayor to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
Establishes the School Health Innovations Grant Program, which requires The Department of Behavioral Health to select clinic operators to participate in the school health innovations program in District of Columbia Public schools and District of Columbia Public Charter schools for the purposes of expanding access to comprehensive behavioral health care services by incorporating telehealth.