Alaska Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies

Alaska Telehealth Laws

Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement

Summary

Alaska reimburses for Live Video, Store & Forward & Remote Patient Monitoring, although some restrictions apply.

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Definitions

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Live Video

Policy
Alaska’s Medicaid program will reimburse for services “provided through the use of camera, video, or dedicated audio conference equipment on a real-time basis.”

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Eligible Services/Specialties
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Eligible Providers
Office consultations performed by a provider of the same specialty within the same organization are not covered.

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Eligible Sites
Geographic Limits
Facility/Transmission Fee
The department will pay only for professional services for a telemedicine application of service. The department will not pay for the use of technological equipment and systems associated with a telemedicine application to render the service.

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Store-and-Forward

Policy
Alaska Medicaid will reimburse for Store & Forward telehealth as long as the service is provided through transferring digital images, sounds, or previously recorded video from one location to another.

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Eligible Services/Specialties
Geographic Limits
Transmission Fee
The department will pay only for professional services for a telemedicine application of service. The department will not pay for the use of technological equipment and systems associated with a telemedicine application to render the service.

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Remote Patient Monitoring

Policy
Alaska Medicaid will reimburse for services delivered through self-monitoring, where the patient is monitored in their home via a telemedicine application, with the provider indirectly involved from another location.

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Conditions
Provider Limitations
Other Restrictions

Email/Phone/Fax

No reimbursement for telephone when not part of a dedicated audio conference system. No reimbursement for FAX.

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Consent

Out of State Providers

Miscellaneous

Click for a list of documentation requirements for telemedicine consultations.

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Private Payer Laws

Definitions

Requirements

Parity

Professional Regulation/Health & Safety

Definitions

Consent

Online Prescribing

The guiding principles for telemedicine practice in the American Medical Association (AMA), Report 7 of the Council on Medical Service (A-14), Coverage of and Payment for Telemedicine, dated 2014, and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine, dated April 2014, are adopted by reference as the standards of practice when providing treatment, rendering a diagnosis, prescribing, dispensing, or administering a prescription or controlled substance without first conducting an in-person physical examination.

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Cross State Licensing

Miscellaneous

The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is required to adopt regulations for establishing and maintaining a registry of businesses performing telemedicine in the state.

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Source: Center for Connected Health Policy
https://www.cchpca.org

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