Our Products can help your organization stay educated and compliant. Shop Now >

Insights

New Telehealth Bills Emphasize Insurance Coverage, Remote Patient Monitoring

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 9:36 PM

According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, there are currently 90 bills in state legislatures addressing telehealth issues. 

In Virginia, lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation to require commercial health plans to cover remote patient monitoring services, and Governor Ralph Northam is expected to sign the bill into law. The services are defined as “the delivery of home health services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of home health care, including monitoring of clinical patient data such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry, blood glucose, and other condition-specific data; medication adherence monitoring; and interactive video conferencing with or without digital image upload.”

As coverage for remote patient monitoring starts to become the “norm” across all states, it should offer incentive to providers to invest in new telemedicine technologies that can allow people to remain in their homes and communities, effectively manage chronic conditions and avoid unnecessary and costly hospitalizations.

New Mexico and Arizona are considering legislation that would allow providers to be paid the same as their in-person rates for virtual care.  If these bills pass, it will allow payers to charge a deductible for virtual care as long as it does not exceed the amount charged for such care delivered in person, and payers would be prohibited from limiting their coverage to providers that are part of the health plan’s network.

Source: NAHC Report


About Corridor

Corridor is the nation’s preferred partner and trusted business advisor to home health and hospice providers, providing quality services and impactful results for 30 years. Focusing on key operational, regulatory and financial challenges, Corridor delivering industry-unique solutions and deep expertise in coding, clinical documentation review, compliance, billing and collections , consulting and provider staff education . At Corridor, we make the business of caring for people Better! For the most important industry updates and news that impacts home health and hospice, please make sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive the latest up-to-date industry information direct to your inbox!

For additional information, please contact Corridor at 1-866-263-3795.

Go Back