Maryland's Medicaid program is expanding its coverage of telehealth services, the Baltimore Sun's "Picture of Health" reports.
Previously, the state reimbursed only for mental health care services provided through telehealth technology (Walker, "Picture of Health," Baltimore Sun, 10/23).
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is expanding its Telemental Health Program, which was implemented in 2010, to boost Medicaid beneficiaries' access to specialists.
The agency is launching two new telehealth programs:
- The Rural Access to Telemedicine Program; and
- The Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Telemedicine Program (Cumberland Times-News, 10/24).
The programs will reimburse for telehealth services provided by:
- Community health center hospitals;
- Health departments;
- Nurse practitioners;
- Nurse midwives;
- Physicians; and
- Renal dialysis centers ("Picture of Health," Baltimore Sun, 10/23).
Under the programs, patients must visit in person their primary care provider, who then can initiate a telehealth consultation with a remote specialist (Cumberland Times-News, 10/24).