Is telemedicine legal in Pennsylvania?
Yes, telemedicine is legal in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has a number of regulations governing telemedicine, but it is generally allowed for a wide range of medical services. Pennsylvania Telehealth refers to the delivery of healthcare services via telecommunications technology. To be compliant with Pennsylvania law, telemedicine providers must have a valid license to practice medicine in the state and must use secure videoconferencing technology.
Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement
The Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program
provides reimbursement for live-video under some circumstances. There is no reimbursement available for store-and-forward or remote patient monitoring.
Telemedicine is the use of real-time interactive telecommunications technology that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment as a mode of delivering consultation services.
For FQHCs and RHCs: Telepsychiatry Services – Only applicable to Behavioral Health Managed Care delivery system claims and not fee-for-service delivery. Service is in real-time, interactive audio-video transmission and do not include phone, email or facsimile transmission. Consultation between two healthcare practitioners do not count as a qualifying service.
See listing for reimbursable procedure codes when the service is provided via interactive telecommunication technology.
Pennsylvania Medicaid will provide reimbursement for live video to all Medicaid enrolled physician specialists.
A patient is allowed to access a telemedicine consultation at any enrolled office of the referring provider or any other participating physicians, certified registered nurse practitioner, or certified nurse midwife.
Services should be rendered face-to-face whenever practical and appropriate. Providers may consider if the recipient must travel more than 60 minutes in a rural area or 30 minutes in an urban area.
Originating site may bill for facility fee.
Pennsylvania Medicaid will not reimburse for store-and-forward because a telemedicine consultation must consist of a two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient and the physician at the distant site.
Remote Patient Monitoring
No reference found. No reimbursement for email. No reimbursement for telephone. No reimbursement for FAX.
Informed consent is required from individuals participating in any services utilizing telepsych.
Out of State Providers
When services are provided from a location in another state, the psychiatrist/licensed psychologist must be licensed in Pennsylvania.
Professional Regulation/Health & Safety
Cross State Licensing
Pennsylvania issues extraterritorial licenses that allow practice in Pennsylvania to physicians residing or practicing with unrestricted licenses in an adjoining state, near the Pennsylvania boundary, and whose practice extends into Pennsylvania.