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Chapter 376

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  376.1900.  Definitions — reimbursement for telehealth services, when. — 1.  As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:

  (1)  "Electronic visit", or "e-visit", an online electronic medical evaluation and management service completed using a secured web-based or similar electronic-based communications network for a single patient encounter.  An electronic visit shall be initiated by a patient or by the guardian of a patient with the health care provider, be completed using a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant online connection, and include a permanent record of the electronic visit;

  (2)  "Health benefit plan" shall have the same meaning ascribed to it in section 376.1350;

  (3)  "Health care provider" shall have the same meaning ascribed to it in section 376.1350;

  (4)  "Health care service", a service for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, cure or relief of a physical or mental health condition, illness, injury or disease;

  (5)  "Health carrier" shall have the same meaning ascribed to it in section 376.1350;

  (6)  "Telehealth" shall have the same meaning ascribed to it in section 208.670.

  2.  Each health carrier or health benefit plan that offers or issues health benefit plans which are delivered, issued for delivery, continued, or renewed in this state on or after January 1, 2014, shall not deny coverage for a health care service on the basis that the health care service is provided through telehealth if the same service would be covered if provided through face-to-face diagnosis, consultation, or treatment.

  3.  A health carrier may not exclude an otherwise covered health care service from coverage solely because the service is provided through telehealth rather than face-to-face consultation or contact between a health care provider and a patient.

  4.  A health carrier shall not be required to reimburse a telehealth provider or a consulting provider for site origination fees or costs for the provision of telehealth services; however, subject to correct coding, a health carrier shall reimburse a health care provider for the diagnosis, consultation, or treatment of an insured or enrollee when the health care service is delivered through telehealth on the same basis that the health carrier covers the service when it is delivered in person.

  5.  A health care service provided through telehealth shall not be subject to any greater deductible, co-payment, or coinsurance amount than would be applicable if the same health care service was provided through face-to-face diagnosis, consultation, or treatment.

  6.  A health carrier shall not impose upon any person receiving benefits under this section any co-payment, coinsurance, or deductible amount, or any policy year, calendar year, lifetime, or other durational benefit limitation or maximum for benefits or services that is not equally imposed upon all terms and services covered under the policy, contract, or health benefit plan.

  7.  Nothing in this section shall preclude a health carrier from undertaking utilization review to determine the appropriateness of telehealth as a means of delivering a health care service, provided that the determinations shall be made in the same manner as those regarding the same service when it is delivered in person.

  8.  A health carrier or health benefit plan may limit coverage for health care services that are provided through telehealth to health care providers that are in a network approved by the plan or the health carrier.

  9.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a health care provider to be physically present with a patient where the patient is located unless the health care provider who is providing health care services by means of telehealth determines that the presence of a health care provider is necessary.

  10.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to a supplemental insurance policy, including a life care contract, accident-only policy, specified disease policy, hospital policy providing a fixed daily benefit only, Medicare supplement policy, long-term care policy, short-term major medical policies of six months' or less duration, or any other supplemental policy as determined by the director of the department of commerce and insurance.


(L. 2013 H.B. 986 merged with S.B. 262)

Effective 1-01-14

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