SB 365 – CaliforniaStatus: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021
E-consult service. Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the department, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services, including federally qualified health center (FQHC) services and rural health clinic (RHC) services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. FQHC and RHC services are reimbursed, to the extent that federal financial participation is obtained, to providers on a per-visit basis, and a “visit” is defined as a face-to-face encounter between a patient of an FQHC or RHC and specified health care professionals. Existing law prohibits a requirement of in-person contact between a health care provider and a Medi-Cal patient when the service may be provided by telehealth, and, for purposes of telehealth, prohibits the department from limiting the type of setting where Medi-Cal services are provided. This bill would make electronic consultation services reimbursable under the Medi-Cal program for enrolled providers, including FQHCs or RHCs, and would require the department to develop a reimbursement policy for those services that, at a minimum, and with respect to primary care providers, is consistent with the Medicare program coverage policy. The bill would require the department to seek federal waivers and approvals to implement this provision. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
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