The American Telemedicine Association recently released an updated report on the status of telemedicine coverage and reimbursement for state Medicaid programs. Oklahoma was among nine states awarded an overall grade of “A,” up from a “B” last year. Missouri, Kansas and 32 other states received a “B.” Here is a quick breakdown of what the report reveals for HTRC’s coverage area of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Missouri is among a handful of states that cover dental, podiatry and optometry.
In addition to psychiatrists, psychologists and APRNs with mental health specialties, both Missouri and Oklahoma cover mental health services provided by licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors.
Oklahoma is one of only four states to explicitly cover autism spectrum disorder treatment by behavioral analysts and one of five states to cover services by substance abuse or addiction specialists.
Despite Missouri’s numerous improvements in coverage, the state is one of only five to explicitly prohibit use of “cell phone video” for telemedicine.
Remote patient monitoring
Kansas is one of only three states to apply for a waiver that allows their Medicaid program to provide remote patient monitoring in homes or long-term care facilities.
Oklahoma includes telemedicine-provided services under worker’s comp plans.
Oklahoma received an “A” for this category for removing the requirement that a telepresenter be in the room with the patient. However, Missouri got an honorable mention for only requiring a health care provider to be available on the premises rather than in the same room.
For more information about Medicaid coverage in your state, contact HTRC at 877-643-HTRC.