Telehealth Services ExtendedMarch 16, 2021
Telehealth services – which have provided safe and secure options for healthcare professionals to treat patients during the pandemic – have been expanded and extended through an executive order signed over the weekend by Governor Lamont.
- Authorizes additional health care professionals to provide telehealth services;
- Allows certain telehealth providers to offer audio-only services by telephone;
- Allows certain providers to use additional technologies, such as certain third-party video communication applications, like Zoom;
- Develop requirements for telehealth providers seeking payment from uninsured or underinsured patients;
- Requires insurance coverage for telehealth services and prohibits providers reimbursed for services from seeking payment from an insured patient beyond cost sharing;
- Prohibits insurance policies from excluding coverage for a telehealth platform selected by an in-network provider;
- Prohibits insurance carriers from reducing reimbursement to a provider because services are provided through telehealth instead of in-person;
- Modifies requirements for pharmacies transferring unfilled prescriptions for controlled substances that were electronically transmitted.
The executive order modifies and extends Public Act 20-2 through April 20, 2021, the date the governor's emergency powers are set to expire.
Telehealth services have been beneficial in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by enabling providers and patients to stay socially distant through technology and I hope these services will remain in place for the duration of the pandemic and beyond.