January 20, 2021
Here’s a more detailed summary of what the executive budget proposal says about the Governor’s tele health proposal.
First, the authorization of Telehealth Services (as follows) is expected to generate $39.5M in savings in SFY 22:
The budget proposal:
– Defines telehealth in public health law, consistent with existing definitions in insurance law as “the use of electronic information and communication technologies by a health care provider to deliver health care services to an insured individual while such individual is located at a site that is different from the site where the health care provider is located.”
– Removes location requirements for individual receiving telehealth services;
– Establishes interoperability of health information exchanges with SHIN-NY and requires qualified entities to permit access to all of a patient’s information by all SHIN-NY participants or anyone else authorized to access such information after consent is obtained using a single statewide SHIN-NY consent form approved by DOH;
– Creates an interstate licensure program with other northeast and contiguous states pursuant to regulations by SED, in consultation with the commissioners of DOH, OMH, OASAS and OPWDD promulgated on a final basis by 3/31/22; They will take into account consideration of the need for specialty practice areas with historical access issues;
– Requires state regulated health insurers to have an adequate network of telehealth providers to meet the needs of individuals for services when medically appropriate; and
– Requires providers and hospitals to disclose if they offer telehealth services to patients in writing or through websites.