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Substitute Bill No. 5483

    February Session, 2012

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING COVERAGE OF TELEMEDICINE SERVICES UNDER MEDICAID.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2013) (a) (1) As used in this section, "telemedicine" means the use of interactive audio, interactive video or interactive data communication in the delivery of medical advice, diagnosis, care or treatment, and includes the types of services described in subsection (d) of section 20-9 of the general statutes and 42 CFR 410.78(a)(3). "Telemedicine" does not include the use of facsimile or audio-only telephone.

(2) "Medically appropriate" means care that is (A) provided in a timely manner and meets professionally recognized standards of acceptable medical care; (B) delivered in the appropriate medical setting; and (C) the least costly of multiple, equally-effective alternative treatments or diagnostic modalities.

(b) The Commissioner of Social Services may establish a demonstration project to offer telemedicine as a Medicaid-covered service at federally-qualified community health centers.

(c) To the extent permitted by federal law, and where deemed medically appropriate, in-person contact between a health care provider and a patient shall not be required for health care services delivered by telemedicine that otherwise would be eligible for reimbursement under the state Medicaid plan.

(d) The Commissioner of Social Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, establishing rates for cost reimbursement for telemedicine services provided to Medicaid recipients. The commissioners shall consider, to the extent applicable, reductions in travel costs by health care providers and patients to deliver or to access health care services and such other factors as the Commissioner of Social Services deems relevant.

(e) The Commissioner of Social Services may apply, if necessary, to the federal government for an amendment to the state Medicaid plan to cover telemedicine services.

(f) The transmission, storage and dissemination of data and records related to telemedicine services shall be in accordance with federal and state law and regulations concerning the privacy, security, confidentiality and safeguarding of individually identifiable information.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2014, the commissioner shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the demonstration project to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and human services. The report shall concern the services offered and the cost-effectiveness of the program.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

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January 1, 2013

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