Provides for payment for telehealth services under the medical assistance program.
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Bill states in its “Legislative Findings” that the legislature finds that rural areas in NY lack the multiple telecommunications connections necessary to link outside resources during times of emergency, that broadband networks are necessary to facilitate telemedicine networks that connect rural and urban medical centers and that increased broadband networks and advanced communications services will enhance government operations through telemedicine for healthcare, distance learning for education, redundant and diversely pathed communications networks for public safety communications and to generally protect the health and welfare of the state and its citizens.
Amends the Public Health Law; authorizes the delivery of telehealth services at any elementary or secondary school, or child care program or center within the state.
Provides for the delivery and insurance coverage of telehealth services by means of home care services.
Requires comprehensive motor vehicle reparations and workers' compensation coverage of health care services delivered by means of telehealth.
Establishes the sexual assault forensic examination telemedicine pilot program.
Creates the healthcare facility transformation program which would foster participation in value based payment models intended to (among other components) improve health information technology infrastructure, including telehealth, to strengthen the acute, post-acute and long term care continuum. Also it amends the definition of an originating site to make it subject to regulation by the Commissioner of Mental Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.
Enacts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
Establishes a task force to conduct a study on the ability to utilize telehealth within the workers' compensation system.
Relates to rates of reimbursement for telehealth services; requires insurers to reimburse telehealth providers at the same rate as they would if the services had been provided in person.