Wisconsin

CURRENT STATE LAWS & POLICY

AT A GLANCE

Medicaid Program

Forward Health

Administrator

Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services

Regional Telehealth Resource Center

Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center

Medicaid Reimbursement

Live Video: Yes
Store-and-Forward: No
Remote Patient Monitoring: No

Private Payer Law

Law Exists: No
Payment Parity: No

Professional Requirements

Licensure Compacts: NLC, PTC
Consent Requirements: Yes

Last updated 09/06/2021

Audio-Only Delivery

Medicaid: Telehealth Expansion and Related Resources

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Ending Coverage for some telephone codes

STATUS: Expired July 30, 2020

Medicaid: Alert 019: Opioid Treatment Program Phone Calls

STATUS: Active, until ForwardHealth announces otherwise

Medicaid: Transition from Temporary to Permanent Synchronous Telehealth Coverage Policy and Billing Guidelines

STATUS: Active, to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent telehealth  coverage policy, between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Permanent policy active Jan. 1, 2022.

Medicaid: Temporary Changes to Telehealth Policy and Clarifications for Behavioral Health and Targeted Case Management Providers

STATUS: Some policies active until ForwardHealth announces otherwise’ some policies permanent.  May be superseded by permanent policy beginning Jan. 1, 2022.  See policy above.

Medicaid: Transition from Temporary to Permanent Synchronous Telehealth Coverage Policy and Billing Guidelines 

STATUS: Some policies active during the ForwardHealth transition period of July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Some policies are permanent

Medicaid: Changes to ForwardHealth Telehealth Policies for Covered Services, Originating Sites, and Federally Qualified Health Centers

STATUS: Permanent

Medicaid: Additional Services to be Provided Via Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until rescinded or modified when emergency orders issued by the state and federal governments expire

Medicaid: Changes to Narcotic Treatment Services

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Medicaid: Billing for Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K – Children’s Long Term Support Waiver Program

STATUS:  Extended to no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency, see below.

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K –Family Care Waiver Renewal 2020

STATUS: Extended to no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency, see below.

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K – Self-Directed Support Waiver, Intellectual/developmental Disability and Aged/Physical Disability

STATUS: Extended to no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency, see below.

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K Extension – Family Care Waiver Renewal 2020

STATUS: Active, no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K Extension – Self-Directed Support Waiver, Intellectual/developmental Disability and Aged/Physical Disability

STATUS: Active, no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K Extension – Children’s Long Term Support Waiver Program

STATUS: Active, no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency

Last updated 09/06/2021

Cross-State Licensing

Executive Order: Telemedicine Licensing and Payers

STATUS: PHE overturned by state supreme court. Expired with end of state PHE.

Office of the Governor:  Cross-State Licensing Reciprocity

STATUS: Active, until superseded or end of federal PHE

AB 148: Out of State Practice

STATUS: Enacted; ends with end of federal PHE or Jan. 1, 2022

SB 202: Out of State Practice

STATUS: Pending Legislation

Last updated 09/06/2021

Easing Prescribing Requirements

Medicaid: Changes to Narcotic Treatment Services

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Last updated 09/06/2021

Miscellaneous

Medicaid: Remote Supervision

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Last updated 09/06/2021

Originating Site

Medicaid: Telehealth Expansion and Related Resources

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Transition from Temporary to Permanent Synchronous Telehealth Coverage Policy and Billing Guidelines

STATUS: Active, to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent telehealth  coverage policy, between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Permanent policy active Jan. 1, 2022.

Medicaid: Temporary Changes to Telehealth Policy and Clarifications for Behavioral Health and Targeted Case Management Providers

STATUS: Some policies active until ForwardHealth announces otherwise’ some policies permanent. May be superseded by new permanent policy beginning Jan. 1, 2022.  See policy above.

Medicaid: Changes to ForwardHealth Telehealth Policies for Covered Services, Originating Sites, and Federally Qualified Health Centers

STATUS: Permanent

Last updated 09/06/2021

Private Payer

Dept. Of Insurance: Request Regarding Malpractice Coverage

STATUS: Executive Order based on overturned by state supreme court. Expired with end of state PHE.

Dept. Of Insurance: Bulletin on Coverage Request

STATUS:  Executive Order based on overturned by state supreme court. Expired with end of state PHE.

Executive Order: Telemedicine Licensing and Payers

STATUS: PHE overturned by state supreme court. Expired with end of state PHE.

Dept. Of Insurance: Telemedicine Coverage Request

STATUS: Executive Order based on overturned by state supreme court. Expired with end of state PHE.

Last updated 09/06/2021

Provider Type

Medicaid: Telehealth Expansion and Related Resources

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Transition from Temporary to Permanent Synchronous Telehealth Coverage Policy and Billing Guidelines

STATUS: Active, to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent telehealth  coverage policy, between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Permanent policy active Jan. 1, 2022.

Medicaid: Temporary Changes to Telehealth Policy and Clarifications for Behavioral Health and Targeted Case Management Providers

STATUS: Some policies active until ForwardHealth announces otherwise’ some policies permanent.  May be superseded by permanent policy beginning Jan. 1, 2022.  See policy above.

Medicaid: Changes to ForwardHealth Telehealth Policies for Covered Services, Originating Sites, and Federally Qualified Health Centers

STATUS: Permanent

Medicaid:  Dental Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active, until Medicaid: Additional Services Update expires

Medicaid: Therapy Provided as Part of the Birth to 3 Program

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Medicaid: Durable Medical Equipment and Disposable Medical Supplies Face-to-Face Requirements

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Medicaid:  Tribal and Non-Tribal Federally Qualified Health Centers Billing Guidance

STATUS: Permanent

Last updated 09/06/2021

Service Expansion

Medicaid: Telehealth Expansion and Related Resources

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Interprofessional Consultations and Remote Physiologic Monitoring

STATUS: Active, until additional guidance from Forward Health

Medicaid: Temporary Changes to Telehealth Policy and Clarifications for Behavioral Health and Targeted Case Management Providers

STATUS: Some policies active until ForwardHealth announces otherwise’ some policies permanent.  May be superseded by permanent policies listed below starting Jan. 1, 2022.

Medicaid: Transition from Temporary to Permanent Synchronous Telehealth Coverage Policy and Billing Guidelines

STATUS: Active, to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent telehealth  coverage policy, between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Permanent policy active Jan. 1, 2022.

Medicaid: Changes to ForwardHealth Telehealth Policies for Covered Services, Originating Sites, and Federally Qualified Health Centers

STATUS: Permanent

Medicaid: Additional Services to be Provided Via Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until rescinded or modified when emergency orders issued by the state and federal governments expire

Medicaid:  Temporary Changes to Clinical Policy and Prior Authorization

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Medicaid:  Dental Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active, until Medicaid: Additional Services Update expires

Medicaid: Therapy Provided as Part of the Birth to 3 Program

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Medicaid: Changes to Narcotic Treatment Services

STATUS: Active, until further notice

Medicaid: Billing for Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K – Children’s Long Term Support Waiver Program

STATUS:  Extended to no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency, see below.

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K –Family Care Waiver Renewal 2020

STATUS: Extended to no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency, see below.

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K – Self-Directed Support Waiver, Intellectual/developmental Disability and Aged/Physical Disability

STATUS: Extended to no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency, see below.

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K Extension – Family Care Waiver Renewal 2020

STATUS: Active, no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K Extension – Self-Directed Support Waiver, Intellectual/developmental Disability and Aged/Physical Disability

STATUS: Active, no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver: Appendix K Extension – Children’s Long Term Support Waiver Program

STATUS: Active, no later than six months after the expiration of the national public health emergency

Last updated 09/06/2021

Definitions

Telehealth enables a provider who is located at a distant site to render the service remotely to a member located at an originating site using a combination of interactive video, audio, and externally acquired images through a networking environment.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. (Accessed Sept. 2021).

“Telehealth” means a practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, or transfer of medically relevant data by means of audio, video, or data communications that are used either during a patient visit or a consultation or are used to transfer medically relevant data about a patient. “Telehealth” does not include communications delivered solely by audio-only telephone, facsimile machine, or electronic mail unless the department specifies otherwise by rule.

“Asynchronous telehealth service” is telehealth that is used to transmit medical data about a patient to a provider when the transmission is not a 2-way, real-time, interactive communication.

“Interactive telehealth” means telehealth delivered using multimedia communication technology that permits 2-way, real-time, interactive communications between a certified provider of Medical Assistance at a distant site and the Medical Assistance recipient or the recipient’s provider.

SOURCE: WI Statute Sec. 49.45 (61).  (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Email, Phone & Fax

The Department may promulgate rules specifying any telehealth service that is provided solely by audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or electronic mail as reimbursable under Medical Assistance.

SOURCE: WI Statute Sec. 49.45 (61). (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Live Video

POLICY

The department shall provide reimbursement under the Medical Assistance program for any benefit that is a covered benefit under s. 49.46 (2) and that is delivered by a certified provider for Medical Assistance through interactive telehealth.

SOURCE:  WI Statute 49.45(61), (Accessed Sept. 2021).

ForwardHealth reimburses the service rendered by distant site providers at the same rate as when the service is provided face-to-face.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Date of Service (DOS) Before July 1, 2021

ForwardHealth only covers telehealth delivery of individual services.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. Dates of Service Before Jan. 1, 2021 (Accessed Sept. 2021).


ELIGIBLE SERVICES/SPECIALTIES

On July 1, 2021, the fee schedule was updated to allow providers to identify services allowable under permanent telehealth policy. Procedure codes for services allowed under permanent telehealth policy have place of service (POS) code 02 (Telehealth) listed as an allowable POS.

Effective January 1, 2022, if POS code 02 is not listed as an allowable POS for a procedure code, the service will not be reimbursed under permanent telehealth policy.

SOURCE: ForwardHealth Update 2021-21, Jul. 1, 2021, (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Procedure codes for services allowed under permanent telehealth policy have POS code 02 (Telehealth) listed as an allowable POS. Effective January 1, 2022, if POS code 02 is not listed as an allowable POS for a procedure code, the service will not be reimbursed under permanent telehealth policy.

Claims for telehealth services must include all modifiers required by coverage policy, in addition to POS code 02 and the GT modifier, in order to reimburse the claim correctly.

County-administered programs, school-based services, and any other programs that utilize cost reporting must include required modifiers, such as renderer credentials and group versus individual services, as well as correct details for cost reporting to ensure correct reimbursement.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Statute requires reimbursement for any benefit that delivered via interactive telehealth that is a covered benefit under Medicaid.

Reimbursement must be provided for a consultation pertaining to a Medicaid recipient conducted through interactive telehealth between a certified provider of Medical Assistance and the recipient’s treating provider that is certified under medical assistance, except as provided by the Department by Rule.

Except as provided by the department by rule, Medicaid must cover all Medicare covered services.  However, the Department may not cover or provide reimbursement for services that are first covered under the Medicare program after July 1, 2019 until the date that is one year after the date the service is covered under the Medicare program or the date the secretary explicitly approves the service as a Medical Assistance covered service, whichever is earlier.

The Department shall provide reimbursement under the Medical Assistance program for the following:  Except as provided by the department by rule, services that are covered under the Medicare program under 42 USC 1395 et seq. for which the federal department of health and human services provides Medical Assistance federal financial participation and that are any of the following:

  • Telehealth services;
  • Remote physiologic monitoring,
  • Remote evaluation of prerecorded patient information,
  • Brief communication technology-based services,
  • Care management services delivered through telehealth;
  • Any other telehealth or communication technology-based services.

Any service not specified can be eligible if specified by the Department.  The Department is required to promulgate rules specifying any services that are reimbursable.  They may also exclude services from reimbursement.

SOURCE: WI Statute Sec. 49.45 (61). (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Date of Service (DOS) Before July 1, 2021

ForwardHealth only covers telehealth delivery of individual services. For those procedure codes that can be used for either individual or group services, providers may not submit claims for telehealth delivery of group services. Allowable providers may be reimbursed, as appropriate, for specific services (and applicable procedure codes) provided through telehealth listed in the manual.

ForwardHealth reimburses providers for telestroke services.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. Dates of Service Before Jan. 1, 2021 (Accessed Sept. 2021).


ELIGIBLE PROVIDERS

There is no restriction on the location of a distant site provider. In addition, there are no limitations on what provider types may be reimbursed for telehealth services.

Ancillary Providers

Claims for services provided via telehealth by distant site ancillary providers should  continue to be billed under the supervising physician’s NPI using the lowest appropriate level office or outpatient visit procedure code or other appropriate CPT code for the service performed.  These services must be provided under the direct on-site supervision of a physician who is located at the same physical site as the ancillary provider and must be documented in the same manner as services that are provided face to face.

Pediatric and Health Professional Shortage Area-Eligible Services

Claims for services provided via telehealth by distant site providers may additionally qualify for pediatric (services for members 18 years of age and under) or HPSA-enhanced reimbursement. Pediatric and HPSA-eligible providers are required to indicate POS code 02, along with modifier GT and the applicable pediatric or HPSA modifier, when submitting claims that qualify for enhanced reimbursement.

FQHCs and RHCs

For the purpose of this Online Handbook topic, FQHC refers to Tribal and Out-of-State FQHCs. This topic does not apply to Community Health Centers subject to PPS reimbursement.

They may serve as originating site and distant site providers for telehealth services.  See manual for details.

FQHCs and RHCs may report services provided via telehealth on the cost settlement report when the FQHC or RHC served as the distant site and the member is an established patient of the tribal FQHC or RHC at the time of the telehealth service.

Services billed with modifier GT (modifier indicating telehealth) will be considered under the PPS reimbursement method for non-tribal FQHCs. Billing HCPCS procedure code T1015 (Clinic visit/encounter, all-inclusive) with a telehealth procedure code will result in a PPS rate for fee-for-service encounters.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Community Health Centers

Services billed with HCPCS modifier GT (modifier indicating telehealth) will be considered under the PPS reimbursement. Billing HCPCS procedure codes T1015 (Clinic visit/encounter, all-inclusive) with a telehealth procedure code will result in a PPS for an allowable encounter.

SOURCE: Telehealth for Community Health Centers (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Date of Service (DOS) Before July 1, 2021

Allowable providers:

  • Audiologists
  • Individual mental health and substance abuse practitioners not in a facility certified by the DQA (Division of Quality Assurance)
  • Nurse midwives
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Ph.D. psychologists
  • Physician assistants
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Professionals providing services in mental health or substance abuse programs certified by the DQA

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. Dates of Service Before Jan. 1, 2021 (Accessed Sept. 2021).


ELIGIBLE SITES

ForwardHealth allows coverage of telehealth for any originating site. However, only the following originating sites are eligible for a facility fee reimbursement:

  • Hospitals, including emergency departments
  • Office/clinic
  • Skilled nursing facility

The following entities are also listed as allowable originating sites specifically:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHC)

FQHCs and RHCs

The originating site facility fee is not a FQHC or RHC reportable encounter on the cost report. Any reimbursement for the originating site facility fee must be reported as a deductive value on the cost report.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth, (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Community Health Centers

ForwardHealth will not separately reimburse the CHC for originating site services because all costs for providing originating site services have already been incorporated into the PPS rates for CHCs. However, claims billed by CHCs for originating site services may be used for future rate setting purposes, and CHC costs associated with telehealth services may be reported for change in scope adjustment consideration.

SOURCE: Telehealth for Community Health Centers (Accessed Sept. 2021).

The department may not limit coverage or reimbursement of a service provided under par. (b) or (c) based on the location of the Medical Assistance recipient when the service is provided.

SOURCE: WI Statute Sec. 49.45 (61). (Accessed Sept. 2021).


GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS

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FACILITY/TRANSMISSION FEE

In addition to reimbursement to the distant site provider, ForwardHealth reimburses an originating site facility fee for the staff and equipment at the originating site requisite to provide a service via telehealth. Eligible providers who serve as the originating site should bill the facility fee with HCPCS procedure code Q3014 (Telehealth originating site facility fee). HCPCS modifier GT should not be included with procedure code Q3014.

Eligible providers who bill on a professional claim form should bill Q3014 with a POS code that represents where the member is located during the service. The POS must be a ForwardHealth-allowable originating site for procedure code Q3014 in order to be reimbursed for the originating site fee. The originating site fee is reimbursed based on a maximum allowable fee.

Eligible providers who bill on an institutional claim form should bill Q3014 as a separate line item with the appropriate revenue code. ForwardHealth will reimburse these providers for the facility fee based on the provider’s standard reimbursement methodology.

An originating site facility fee is not a FQHC or RHC reportable encounter on the cost report. Any reimbursement for the originating site facility fee must be reported as a deductive value on the cost report.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. (Accessed Sept. 2021).

CHCs should submit claims for originating site services on a professional claim form with HCPCS procedure code Q3014 (Telehealth originating site facility fee) and a POS code that represents where the member is located during the service. Modifier GT should not be included with procedure code Q3014 for originating site services to be considered under the PPS reimbursement method. ForwardHealth will not separately reimburse the CHC for originating site services because all costs for providing originating site services have already been incorporated into the PPS rates for CHCs. However, claims billed by CHCs for originating site services may be used for future rate setting purposes, and CHC costs associated with telehealth services may be reported for change in scope adjustment consideration.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook, Telehealth for Community Health Centers. (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Miscellaneous

The department may not require a certified provider of Medical Assistance that provides a reimbursable service to obtain an additional certification or meet additional requirements solely because the service was delivered through telehealth, except that the department may require, by rule, that the transmission of information through telehealth be of sufficient quality to be functionally equivalent to face-to-face contact. The department may apply any requirement that is applicable to a covered service that is not provided through telehealth to any service.

SOURCE:  WI Statute Sec. 49.45 (61)(e), (Accessed Sept. 2021).

POS code 02 required.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth.  (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Out of State Providers

ForwardHealth policy for services provided via telehealth by out-of-state providers is the same as ForwardHealth policy for services provided face to face by out-of-state providers. Out-of-state providers who do not have border status enrollment with Wisconsin Medicaid are required to obtain PA before providing services via telehealth to BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid members.

Note: Wisconsin Medicaid is prohibited from paying providers located outside of the United States and its territories, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Overview

Newly passed statute requires Wisconsin’s Medicaid program to provide coverage for Telehealth services, as defined under 42 USC 1395m (m) (4) (F), remote physiologic monitoring, remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient information, brief communication technology-based services, care management services delivered through telehealth and any other telehealth or communication technology-based services.

ForwardHealth currently allows for only certain covered services to be provided via telehealth via interactive telehealth, specifically excludes store-and-forward from coverage and does not mention remote patient monitoring.

ForwardHealth updated their policy in July 2021 to allow any provider to deliver telehealth services and increase the services that are reimbursable.

Last updated 09/07/2021

Remote Patient Monitoring

POLICY

Except as provided by the department by rule, remote patient monitoring of a Medical Assistance recipient in which the medical data pertains to a Medical Assistance recipient must be reimbursed.

Except as provided by the department by rule, services that are covered under Medicare for which the federal department of health and human services provides Medical Assistance federal financial participation and that are remote physiologic monitoring shall be reimbursed.

SOURCE: WI Statute Sec. 49.45 (61).  (Accessed Sept. 2021).

No reimbursement. Services must be functionally equivalent to face-to-face.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. (Accessed Sept. 2021).


CONDITIONS

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PROVIDER LIMITATIONS

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OTHER RESTRICTIONS

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Last updated 09/07/2021

Store and Forward

POLICY

Except as provided by the department by rule, asynchronous telehealth services in which the medical data pertains to a Medical Assistance recipient must be reimbursed.

Except as provided by the department by rule, services that are covered under Medicare for which the federal department of health and human services provides Medical Assistance federal financial participation and that are remote evaluation of prerecorded information shall be reimbursed.

SOURCE: WI Statute Sec. 49.45 (61). (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Services that are not covered when delivered in person are not covered as telehealth services. In addition, services that are not functionally equivalent to the in-person service when provided via telehealth are not covered.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Date of Service (DOS) Before July 1, 2021

Store and forward services (defined as the asynchronous transmission of medical information to be reviewed at a later time by a provider at a distant site) is explicitly under the ‘noncovered services’ section.

SOURCE: WI ForwardHealth Online Handbook. Topic #510 Telehealth. Dates of Service Before Jan. 1, 2021 (Accessed Sept. 2021).


ELIGIBLE SERVICES

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GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS

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TRANSMISSION FEE

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Definitions

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Parity

SERVICE PARITY

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PAYMENT PARITY

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Requirements

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Cross State Licensing

WI medical license required.

SOURCE: WI Admin. Code MED Ch. 24.04 (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Definitions

Telemedicine means the practice of medicine when patient care, treatment or services are provided through the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications. Telemedicine does not include the provision of health care services only through an audio only telephone, email messages, text messages, facsimile transmission, mail or parcel service or any combination thereof.

SOURCE: WI Admin. Code MED Ch. 24.02 (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Licensure Compacts

Wisconsin repealed the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

SOURCE: WI Senate Bill 74 (2019 Session). (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Member of the Nurse Licensure Compact

SOURCE: Nurse Licensure Compact (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Member of Physical Therapy Compact. (not yet issuing compact licenses)

SOURCE:  PT Compact.  (Accessed Sept. 2021). 

Last updated 09/07/2021

Miscellaneous

No Reference Found

Last updated 09/07/2021

Online Prescribing

When a physician uses a website to communicate with a patient located in this state, the physician may not provide treatment recommendations, including issuing a prescription unless the following requirements are met:

  • The physician shall be licensed in the state;
  • The physician’s name and contact information must be made available to the patient;
  • Informed consent is required;
  • A documented patient evaluation performed;
  • A patient health care record is prepared and maintained.

Prescribing based on a static electronic questionnaire does not meet the minimum standard of competent medical practice.

SOURCE: WI Admin. Code MED Ch. 24.07 (Accessed Sept. 2021).

Last updated 09/07/2021

Professional Board Regulations

Medical Examining Board

SOURCE: MED Ch. 24, (Accessed Sept. 2021).