Telemedicine Toolkit

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accelerated telemedicine during COVID-19

Telehealth Toolkit: Medicaid and CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program):

https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/downloads/medicaid-chip-telehealth-toolk

  • Covers: 
    • Patient populations eligible for telehealth
    • Coverage and reimbursement policies
    • Providers and practitioners eligible to provide telehealth
    • Technology requirements
    • Pediatric considerations
    • Resources available to states
    • FAQ’s
  • Telehealth Toolkit Salient Points:
    • Form of telehealth can be either real time two-way audio/visual, telephone only, or asynchronous store-and-forward
    • HHS Office for Civil Rights exercises discretion; will not will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules in connection with good faith provision of telehealth during pandemic
    • CMS policy made it easier for telemedicine services to be furnished to a hospital’s patients through an agreement with an off-site hospital, allowing increased access to necessary care, including specialty care.
    • Care Provider Fact Sheet: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet

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