|California Medicaid Conducts Webinar on Proposed Telehealth Changes
In late 2018, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), which administers California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal), released proposed updates to their telehealth policy manuals, including those for fee-for-service, managed care, Indian Health Services, Family Plan, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT), dentistry and FQHC/RHCs. Among the most intriguing and exciting proposal is allowing the distant site/treating provider to decide when it is appropriate for telehealth to be used and whether it should be via live video or store-and-forward. E-consult (provider to provider consultation), falling under the auspice of store-and-forward, would also be reimbursed, making California along with Connecticut the only state Medicaid programs in the country reimbursing for that particular service. The proposals also allows for the home as an originating site as well as what appears to be other non-clinical locations. After accepting and reviewing comments from stakeholders, DHCS held a webinar to respond to questions and comments on December 17, 2018 regarding the proposals. During the webinar, they clarified and responded to several key areas of interest among commenters.
For more information, see the complete DHCS PowerPoint Slide Deck, and stay tuned for future updates and a more in-depth CCHP summary and analysis of DHCS’ responses to all of the comments they received.