MMA has created a list of resources to assist physicians in using telehealth to care for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minnesota Dept. of Human Services Resources
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
OIG Policy Statement Regarding Physicians and Other Practitioners That Reduce or Waive Amounts Owed by Federal Health Care Program Beneficiaries for Telehealth Services During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak, March 17, 2020
On April 2, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced it received federal approval to temporarily expand telemedicine services to public healthcare program enrollees. The federal approval allows the following changes to:
These measures help public healthcare program enrollees and providers follow social distancing best practices.
Under current state law, telemedicine services are limited to specific providers and certain delivery methods (Minnesota Statute, 256B.0625, subdivision 3b).
Delivering services via telemedicine requires submission of a telemedicine assurance statement as well as several documentation requirements. Clinics and providers need to ensure that telemedicine services are only used when safe and effective for the member.
These changes remain in effect until the peacetime emergency is terminated or until it is rescinded by proper authority.
The current COVID-19 crisis reinforces the need for physician access to practical resources that will enable them to operate telehealth services efficiently while facilitating positive care team and patient experiences. Through The Physicians Foundation Telehealth Initiative, physicians are able to participate in immersive evidence-based coaching that will help improve patient access, experience and outcomes while maintaining continuity of care when fully implemented.
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