HB 1332 Telehealth services.

Introduced by: Terry G. Kilgore | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Telehealth services. Defines "telehealth services" as the delivery of health care services, including telemedicine services and other medical, emergency medical, and behavioral health services that are not equivalent to health care services provided through face-to-face consultation or contact between a health care provider and a patient, through the use of telecommunications and information technology that supports the delivery of remote or long-distance health care services. The bill requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for coverage of telehealth services. The bill also requires (i) requires the Board of Health to develop and maintain an Emergency Telehealth Plan as a component of the Statewide Emergency Medical Services Plan, (ii) every insurer proposing to issue individual or group accident and sickness insurance policies providing hospital, medical and surgical, or major medical coverage on an expense-incurred basis; (iii) each corporation providing individual or group accident and sickness subscription contracts; and (iv) each health maintenance organization providing a health care plan for health care services to provide coverage for the cost of such health care services provided through telehealth services. The bill also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to establish a workgroup to develop recommendations for innovative payment models that support the use of telehealth services and telemedicine services in accordance with the Statewide Emergency Telehealth Plan including payment of the cost of transporting of a patient to a destination providing services appropriate to the patient’s level of acuity and in-place treatment of a patient at the scene of an emergency response or vial telehealth services or telemedicine services where appropriate, and appropriate liability protections for health care providers providing services through telehealth services and telemedicine services. The workgroup shall report its recommendations to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations and Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committees on Education and Health and Finance by November 1, 2020.