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Telehealth Resources and Information

TELEHEALTH

MACMHP's Commercial Plan Telehealth Resource

CMS has provided a telemedicine toolkit for your use/review. Please note that DHS will also have guidance to share on newly established flexibilities for telehealth and telephonic service delivery.

Q. Can MH Practitioners who are not clinical trainees do skills via telehealth?
A. DHS: Yes, they can, if we are looking at what it says in statute right now. And we will continue this conversation once the legislation passes, as well. The practitioner delivery of skills is happening a lot in rural communities. Those that are currently set up for telehealth can do so. It’s in the provider manual: Here is the
 MHCP provider manual page on telemedicine for mental health and here is the statute for reference for current requirements.

Federal allowance for use of non-HIPPA-compiant technology platforms for telehealth.This is important, and, the key question for MN providers today is ability 
to bill for these services (which is what we are seeking authority to do under SF4200.)


"Originating" and "Distant" telehealth site definitions

  • The "originating site" is where the client is. Some policy groups in DHS have put different restrictions on qualifying originating site, but in all cases, DHS has allowed client home to be one of them. Examples are the "physician and professional 
    services" (as linked in the DHS response) and "rehabilitation services" policies in 
    the MHCP provider manual. Other DHS policies put no restrictions on originating 
    site (for example, the "telemedicine delivery of mental health services" policy).

  • The "distant site" is where the health care provider is. As far as we know, none 
    of the DHS policies have ever put any restrictions on qualifying distant sites. 
    Most of the regulation on distant site is related to maintaining HIPAA and patient 
    rights.

  • There is no requirement to describe the originating site for therapy. The MHCP provider manual lists the allowed originating sites, including home.

  • See guidance specific to each service category in these MHCP provider manual pages:

DHS mental health services

  DHS physician and professional services

  DHS rehabilitation services

Q. Telehealth is currently limited to three psychotherapy sessions per week, 
can this be adjusted for children in Day Treatment? 
A. DHS: Yes, this is one of the things we’re looking to waive if the language 
discussed in SF4200 passes. The limit of three shouldn’t be there in the first place. 

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