Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy
Medi-Cal Telehealth Fee-For-Service Policy Update
On July 29, 2019, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) which oversees the state’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal), released their final telehealth policy update for fee-for-service. In October 2018, DHCS released proposed changes to telehealth policies for Medi-Cal fee-for-service, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Indian Health Services (IHS) and Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (FPACT). A copy of the final fee-for-service policy is available on the DHCS website though it is still labeled “DRAFT.” The Department states that while this is the final policy, the official version of the policy will be published on their site later this month along with the updated manuals for FQHCs, RHCs, IHS, and FPACT. When all manuals have been released, CCHP will do an in-depth analysis of all of the new policies. In the meantime, CCHP has created a side-by-side comparison of Medi-Cal’s previous policy, the October 2018 proposal and the final proposal as well as highlighting some of the changes in the final policy.
CCHP will also be holding an informational webinar in the Fall to go over these exciting changes in Medi-Cal’s policies. Stay tuned for more information.