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POLICY UPDATES FOR MISSOURI BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
MO HealthNet Provider Bulletin | COVID-19 Telehealth for Behavioral Health Providers (including Counseling/Psychology and ABA providers) (March 17, 2020)
During this event, the MHD is allowing telehealth services to be provided to a MHD participant, while at home, using their telephone. There is not a separate telehealth fee schedule. Reimbursement to health care providers delivering behavioral health services at the distant site is equal to the current fee schedule amount for the service provided. This Hot Tip also applies to providers that are contracted with the Managed Care Organizations.
MO HealthNet covers Telehealth services. MO HealthNet allows licensed health care providers enrolled with MO HealthNet to provide telehealth services if the services are within the scope of practice for which the health care providers are licensed. The services must be provided with the same standard of care as services provided in person. Telehealth services may be provided to a MHD participant, while at home, using their telephone. The originating site facility fee cannot be billed to MO HealthNet when the originating site is the participant’s home. There is not a separate telehealth fee schedule. Reimbursement to health care providers delivering the medical service at the distant site is equal to the current fee schedule amount for the service provided.
During this event, MO HealthNet is waiving the requirement that physicians must have an established relationship with the patient before providing services via telehealth. MHD will also waive the co-payment for any services provided by means of Telehealth, during this event.
DHSS: Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services | COVID-19 Outbreak
MHA: Missouri Hospital Association | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Coronavirus (COVID-19)
NASMHPD Shared Document | COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist
NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse | COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
Telemedicine: Title 21 United States Code (U.S.C) 802(54)(D) states "(54) The term "practice of telemedicine" means, for purposes of this subchapter, the practice of medicine in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws by a practitioner (other than a pharmacist) who is at a location remote from the patient and is communicating with the patient, or health care professional who is treating the patient, using a telecommunications system referred to in section 1395m(m) of title 42, which practice" (D) "is being conducted during a public health emergency declared by the Secretary under section 247d of title 42; and involves patients located in such areas, and such controlled substances, as the Secretary, with the concurrence of the Attorney General, designates, provided that such designation shall not be subject to the procedures prescribed by subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 5."
On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services issues a public health emergency.
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
NatCon Resources for Behavioral Health Organizations:
Keeping your doors open is essential during this time of need. To help limit disruption of services, while protecting your patients and staff from infection risk, consider the following guidelines: